Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of Ibrahim Asare, 25, of Newark, on drug and weapons charges, and Brandon Wusu, 23, of Newark, on ID theft and money laundering charges.
According to Prosecutor Musella, on May 3, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that Asare was transporting bulk amounts of suspected marijuana and multiple firearms through Bergen County.
During this investigation, a search was conducted on the defendant’s vehicle in Carlstadt that revealed approximately two pounds of suspected marijuana, two handguns, hollow-point ammunition, and a large-capacity magazine.
Asare was arrested at the scene of the search without incident.
According to Prosecutor Musella, a warranted search of Asare’s residence revealed a fifty-round ammunition drum, a twenty-four-round high capacity magazine, a seventeen-round high capacity magazine, multiple fraudulent identifications, counterfeit credit cards, fraudulent checks, and approximately $12,500.00.
Asare’s roommate, Wusu, was also arrested at the scene without incident.
Prosecutor Musella said that Asare was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug offense, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in a quantity greater than one ounce but less than 5 pounds, possession of hollow-point bullets and possession of a high capacity magazine.
According to Prosecutor Musella, Asare was also charged in Essex County by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office with possession of a high-capacity magazine. Asare was remanded to the Bergen County Jail and is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Prosecutor Musella said that Wusu was charged with money laundering and possessing identifying information of another and was released on a summons complaint by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.