Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of Mr. Jaleel Speller, 26, Newport News, VA; Quantesa Wade, 27, East Orange, Ms. Alicia Torres, 34, Newark, and Mr. Larry Harris, 51, Newark, on drug and gun-related offenses.
The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
Police say on January 15, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that all the suspects were involved in a conspiracy to distribute thirty pounds of Marijuana in North Arlington.
Police say during the motor vehicle stop in North Arlington of a vehicle operated by Harris and also occupied by a consent search of the vehicle yielded a stolen, loaded 45-caliber 1911 “Paraordnance” handgun.
Police say Wade was also found to be in possession of a small amount of Marijuana.
Police say all of the suspects were arrested at the scene and charged with one count of Possession Of A Handgun For An Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a(1), a 2nd-degree crime; one count of Unlawful Possession Of A Handgun Without Having Obtained The Permit To Carry Same, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b, a 2nd-degree crime; one count of Being A Certain Person Not To Possess Firearm Because Of A Prior Conviction, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b(1), a 2nd-degree crime; one count of Being In Possession Of A Firearm During The Commission Of A Crime Of Conspiracy To Distribute Marijuana, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1a, a 2nd-degree crime; one count of Conspiracy To Distribute Marijuana In Excess Of 25 lbs., in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2/2C:35-5b(10)(a), a 2nd-degree crime; and one count of Receiving Stolen Property, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7a, a 3rd-degree crime.