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Citizen Complaints Lead to Arrest of Linden Business Owner for Drug Distribution


A local business owner was arrested and is facing multiple charges related to narcotics distribution following a one-month investigation led by Detectives from the Linden Police Detective Bureau.

According to Linden Police, detectives executed a search warrant at Absolute Snacks & Smokes, 115 N. Wood Avenue, on Friday, November 19.

Police said that approximately seven pounds of suspected marijuana and packaging materials were recovered from the store.

According to police officials, store owner Antoine Blount, 36, of Elizabeth, was arrested and charged with distribution of marijuana and related narcotics charges. Blount is also charged with possession of a weapon related to a set of brass knuckles recovered during his arrest.

“This case began with an overwhelming amount of complaints from residents, business owners, and local leaders who were concerned by the illegal sale of drugs,” said Police Chief David Hart. 

“Despite what many people believe, you cannot legally purchase recreational marijuana. These sales remain illegal, and we will continue to prosecute any violations that come to our attention.”

Blount was charged on a summons and released pending an appearance in Superior Court.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.