Man Arrested in North Newark Drug, Weapons Bust

Newark – As a result of an on-going investigation into narcotics trafficking in the city’s North Ward, a suspect was arrested today on weapons and drug charges without incident by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and detectives from the Newark, Irvington and Bloomfield police departments.

​“Our officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Akeem Creese, 33, at 16 North 13th Street just before noon this morning,” Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.

“Creese who had 12 heroin-filled envelopes, stamped ‘HOT SAUSE’ in red ink and $26 in alleged drug proceeds, was detained prior to the search which also yielded a fully loaded, .45 caliber Taurus semi-automatic handgun.”

​A computer check of the weapon revealed that it had been reported stolen out of Swansboro, North Carolina, in 2014.

​Creese was charged with possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of Roseville Avenue School, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park and receiving stolen property.

​Creese was lodged at the county jail where he awaits a bail hearing on today’s charges.