Officers from the Newark Police Department recently arrested a man who was reportedly found in possession of over $4,000 worth of heroin, marijuana, and three guns, including one defaced firearm. The man is now facing numerous charges for drug and weapons offenses.
According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, officers were conducting surveillance at the intersection of Washington and West Kinney streets on Tuesday, June 7th, after receiving several citizen reports of drug transaction activities in the vicinity.
During their patrol, Newark officers allegedly observed 33-year-old Ibn Shakur in the process of selling heroin. After taking Shakur into custody, police executed a search warrant at his home, where they reportedly discovered nearly 400 decks of heroin, marijuana, and three guns, including a defaced firearm. The street value of the heroin seized has been estimated at over $4,000.
Shakur is now facing drug charges, including possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) with intent to distribute, and drug possession within 1,000 feet of school property. He is also facing weapons charges, including possession of a defaced firearm.
As far as the penalties to which he is exposed, Shakur is facing significant jail time for each of the charges, which collectively could amount to decades in New Jersey State Prison. The degree of the charges for marijuana and heroin distribution remain undisclosed; however, they will be contingent upon the amount (specifically, the measured weight) of the marijuana and heroin associated with each offense.
For example, according to section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 of the New Jersey Criminal Code, heroin distribution or possession of heroin with intent to distribute is classified as a first degree crime if the measured weight of the heroin in question amounts to 5 ounces of more. First degree crimes are the most serious offenses under New Jersey law, typically punishable by a sentence to serve between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. In addition, those convicted of first degree heroin distribution are required to serve a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment fixed at, or between, one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed, during which they are ineligible for parole.
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