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Four Arrested in Downtown Newark Police Drug Takedown Operation


Newark Police announced the arrest of East Orange resident Mr. Nashir Lane, 19, and Newark residents Mr. Alterique Booker, 41, Mr. Calvin Brown, 53, and Mr. Erlando Gordon, 58, as part of the Division’s ongoing narcotics operations to address the concerns of citizens and business owners.

Police say, today, between 5:30 a.m. and 6:40 a.m., officers assigned to the Division’s Metro Division conducted narcotics operations in the area of Broad and Market streets which resulted in the arrest of four individuals.

According to police, while monitoring the area from surveillance cameras, officers observed Booker engage in what appeared to be a drug transaction.

Officers approached the males, later identified as Booker and Brown. Booker had oxycodone pills, Xanax pills, marijuana, heroin and Suboxone sublingual films in his possession.

Police arrested Booker then charged him with multiple counts each of possession of CDS, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute and possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.

Police say over $387.00 in suspected drug proceeds was also confiscated from Booker.

Police arrested Brown and charged him with possession of CDS.

According to police, at the same location, Lane was arrested after they observed him smoking a marijuana cigarette where after a brief foot chase, they subsequently charged him with wandering to obtain or sell CDS, obstructing the administrative law and resisting arrest.

Finally, police say Gordon was arrested after officers found him to be wanted for an outstanding bench warrant.

These charges are merely accusations.

Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Director Ambrose urges anyone with information about any crime in the City to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.