Authorities announced the arrest of Christopher T. Clark, 44, of East Orange for CDS distribution and possession of a loaded .25 caliber handgun on Friday.
According to police, at approximately 9:20 p.m., members of the Newark Police Special Enforcement Bureau (S.E.B.) canvassed a residential building in the area of North Munn and Tremont avenues in response to numerous citizen complaints regarding drug distribution.
Detectives observed the suspect, Christopher T. Clark, removing vials of crack cocaine from a fanny pack bag he was wearing around his waist.
Police said Clark was arrested without incident.
According to police, S.E.B. detectives seized the loaded handgun from the bag, which also contained 84 yellow top glass vials of suspected CDS (crack cocaine), 190 glassine envelopes of suspected CDS (heroin) and $2,780.00 in cash.
Clark is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (handgun), Possession of a Weapon While Committing a CDS Offense, Possession of CDS (heroin and crack cocaine), Possession of CDS (heroin and crack cocaine) With the Intention to Distribute, Possession of CDS (heroin and crack cocaine) With the Intention to Distribute Within 1,000-ft. of a School, Possession of CDS (heroin and crack cocaine) With the Intention to Distribute Within 500-ft. of Public Housing and Certain Persons Prohibited from Weapon Possession.
These charges are merely accusations.
The suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Director Ambrose commended detectives for the quick actions they took in making this arrest.
“I'm proud of the fine work done by the Special Enforcement Bureau in response to complaints by concerned residents,” he said.
“Year-to-date, the Newark Police Division has removed over 450 guns from our streets Public Safety Director Ambrose said.