Citizen Complaints Lead to Arrest of Alleged Drug on South 11th Street in Newark; Weapons Seized
Newark – A male suspect was arrested last night on weapons and drug charges by a law enforcement task comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and detectives from the Newark, Irvington and Bloomfield police departments. Officials say as a result of the arrest, two semi-automatic handguns and heroin were seized.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the task force conducted a surveillance operation on Monday evening in response to numerous neighborhood complaints of narcotics trafficking in the area of South 11th Street and 11th Avenue in Newark.
“As our detectives moved into place, a crowd of a dozen people congregated in front of a liquor store at that location,” Sheriff Fontoura stated. “Among the crowd was a suspect, later identified as Akhir Robinson, 33, of Newark, who was observed exchanging items from his waistband for cash with a male.”
Believing they had just witnessed a drug sale, the detectives moved in to investigate further.
“In announcing our presence, Robinson raced inside the liquor store and removed a fanny pack which he had been wearing across his chest and tossed it to the floor,” Fontoura added.
“The fanny pack was found to contain a fully loaded, .380 caliber, Kel-Tec semi-automatic handgun and Robinson was found to be in possession of five heroin-filled envelopes, stamped “WING STEP’ in blue ink, and $90 in cash.”
Others in the crowd scattered in various directions, including the suspected drug buyer. A search of the area for his whereabouts provided negative results.
“In taking Robinson into custody, our detectives noticed numerous rice grains on the ground around a nearby parked 2000 Mercury Grand Marquise,” the sheriff noted.
“Rice grains are commonly used in storing narcotics to keep them dry and a visual examination of the vehicle yielded the presence of a fully loaded, .40 caliber, Smith & Wesson semi-automatic with an extended capacity magazine on the floorboard of the car. The weapon was reported as stolen out of Madison, Kentucky on February 5, 2018.”
A motor vehicle check of the Mercury revealed that it was owned by Yanik Toney-El, 27, of East Orange. She was positively identified as being at the scene at the time of Robinson’s arrest. A further visual inspection of the car yielded two similarly stamped heroin-filled envelopes.
Robinson was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School.
Police say Robinson was lodged at the county jail where he awaits a bail hearing on Monday’s charges.
Charges of the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a high capacity ammunition magazine, possession of CDS and receiving stolen property were filed against Toney – El.
Toney – El’s vehicle was towed to a secure location and the task force has applied for a search warrant for the car. Further charges against the suspect are pending a result of the search warrant finding. The search for Toney - El is also on-going.