A 51-year-old Newark man who is accused of having 71 vials of crack cocaine in his bedroom was arraigned today, according to authorities.
According to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, police Friday served a warrant at Russell Hamlet's Cypress Street basement apartment. After officers knocked the door numerous times, officers eventually made a forced entry into the apartment, where police found the drugs stashed in a closet.
Although Hamlet tried to run out a back door, he was quickly apprehended.
Hamlet was charged with drug possession and possession with intent to distribute. As of this afternoon, he was held at the Essex County Jail on $35,000 bail.