Newark Duo Stopped in Irvington for Defective Taillight; Arrested on Drug, Weapon Charges
An early morning motor vehicle stop led to the arrests of two suspects on narcotics and weapons charges by Essex County sheriff’s officers. According to authorities, uniformed officers in a marked vehicle were passed by an Infiniti sedan with a defective taillight on Ellis Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. this morning. Officials say as the car passed by the officers, a computer check of the vehicle revealed that the owner, Yasmiyn French, 25, of Newark, had her driving privileges suspended and that she was wanted on multiple warrants issued by the Irvington and Newark municipal courts. The sheriff’s officers approached the Infiniti on foot and ordered that the illegally tinted windows be lowered. With the windows rolled down, the officers detected the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the suspect vehicle and Ms. French who was sitting in the driver’s seat was ordered out of the car.
A search of Ms. French’s handbag led to the seizure of 22 plastic vials of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and drug processing materials. In addition, a fully loaded and defaced, .35 caliber Taurus revolver was discovered and confiscated from the car’s glove box. Also riding in the car with French was Erick Majette, 24, of Newark, who repeatedly hindered the investigation by giving the officers a false name. French was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and one count each of the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a defaced weapon, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also issued motor vehicle summonses for illegally tinted windows, driving while suspended and careless driving. Majette who frequently uses the alias Kasson Parker was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a defaced weapon, possession of CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia. Majette was also found to be the subject of two outstanding warrants for lewdness and aggravated assault. According to authorities, French and Majette were lodged at the county jail while the await a bail hearing.