Police in Newark are reporting that officers recovered ten illegal firearms and arrested four individuals for unlawful possession of a weapon between Thursday, June 16, and Sunday, June 19.
Police said Mr. Melvin Thomas, 23, of East Orange, was arrested in the area of North 12th Street and 6th Avenue on June 19.
Police observed Thomas with an unlabeled prescription bottle of 48 Oxycodone pills and a handgun on his person following a motor vehicle stop.
Police also recovered another handgun and a Diamondback rifle from inside the vehicle. One of the handguns had been reported stolen out of Virginia Beach in November 2020.
Thomas faces three counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon (hollow point ammunition and large-capacity magazine), CDS possession, possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense, intent to distribute CDS, intent to distribute CDS within 500 ft. of a public housing complex, and receiving stolen property.
Also, on June 19, Mr. Taylor Rogers, 23, of Newark, was arrested after pointing a gun at two individuals inside a residence in the 100 block of Vermont Avenue.
Police recovered a handgun at the scene. Rogers faces charges of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for an illegal purpose, and possession of a prohibited weapon (large-capacity magazine).
Police recovered three loaded handguns on June 19 after responding to a ShotSpotter notification at 17 Livingston Street, where several individuals had gathered for a party.
Police also recovered DJ equipment, an ATM, televisions, alcoholic beverages, sodas, and juices.
Another illegal weapon was recovered on June 19, from the 400 block of South 19th Street, where a concerned citizen reported seeing a male with a gun.
Upon becoming aware of the police presence, a group of several individuals dispersed from the area and the handgun was located. This incident remains under investigation.
Mr. Cordell Henry, 19, of Newark, was arrested on June 16 after he pointed a gun at two people he knew in the 100 block of Hedden Terrace. Police recovered two loaded weapons at the scene.
Henry faces charges of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for an illegal purpose, criminal mischief, and control of prohibited weapons (hollow-point ammunition).
On June 17, Mr. Wendell Morris, 49, was arrested in the 700 block of Clinton Avenue after being observed with a handgun. He is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.