LINDEN, NJ - Two Newark residents have been arrested and are facing weapons charges after Linden Police officers recovered a handgun during a motor vehicle stop.

According to authorities, Walir Reynolds, 30, and Janiyyah Jones, 25 were stopped after they were observed speeding along Route 1 at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19.

A subsequent investigation led to the recovery of a handgun from inside the vehicle and Reynolds and Jones were charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

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“This is the twelfth illegal gun we have seized this year,” said Police Chief David Hart. “We will continue to pro-actively work to take these guns off our streets.”

Reynolds and Jones were both remanded to the Union County Jail pending an appearance in Superior Court.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.