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New Brunswick Man Charged with Possession of Handgun

By rlsmetro on
Somerset County

Somerset County authorities announced the arrest of Mr. Nasiir East, 23, Wright Place, New Brunswick. 

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Thursday, May 20, at approximately 8:46 p.m. members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force Street Crimes Unit along with members of the Franklin Township Police Department were conducting a “Quality of Life” investigation in the area of Somerset Street and Millstone Road. 

During the course of this investigation, officials said Task Force detectives attempted to conduct a field interview with defendant Nasiir East in the area of Somerset Street.   

Upon defendant East observing Task Force detectives he fled on foot.  Following a brief foot pursuit, defendant East was detained without incident.  The investigation revealed that defendant East was armed with a firearm. A searchincident to arrest of defendant East revealed a loaded Taurus G2C semi-automatic 9mm handgun with a large capacity magazine in his waistband.  

The large capacity magazine contained eleven hollow point rounds with 1 hollow point round in the chamber. 

Defendant East was charged with 2nd Degree Possession of a Handgun, 4th Degree Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine, 4th Degree Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition and a Disorderly Persons Offense for Obstruction by Flight.  

Defendant East was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing. 

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruillrequest anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533