Georgia Man Caught Driving in Newark with a Gun

Newark – A Georgia man was arrested late this morning by Essex County sheriff’s officers and weapons charges were filed against him.

​Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department were on routine patrol in the area of Weequahic Park Sunday at 11:15 a.m. when they observed a Ford pick-up truck parked on the Route 22 service road.

The vehicle displayed a Texas license plate in the front and a Georgia license plate in the rear in violation of New Jersey statutes.

​“The driver, Coy Jones. 64, of Calhoun, Georgia, readily admitted he had a gun concealed in the driver’s side door compartment,” Fontoura said. “The weapon proved to be a fully loaded, .40 caliber, Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun.

Jones was placed under arrest. An additional ammunition magazine and a box of bullets were also found in the truck. The majority of the ammunition in the gun, in the extra magazine and in the box were illegal hollow point bullets.

​Jones was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow point bullets. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for fictitious license plates and failure to produce a vehicle registration card.

​The suspect was lodged at the Essex County jail where he awaits a bail hearing on today’s charges.