BLOOMFIELD, NJ -  A motor vehicle stop for a car that had been parked in front of a fire hydrant led to the arrest of five individuals and weapons and CDS charges. Bloomfield Police made the arrests and filed charges on Friday. 

While on patrol, Bloomfield Police Officers Robert Kish and Joseph Davis came upon a vehicle parked in front of a fire hydrant at the corner of Oakland Avenue and Fremont Street. The officers made a motor vehicle stop.

A strong odor of marijuana was detected by the officers. That led the police to discover 14.5 grams of marijuana and a weapon. Bloomfield Police report that the weapon was a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun with two magazines containing 11 hollow point bullets. 

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The five individuals in the vehicle were all charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Hollow Point Bullets and Possession of CDS.  All were held in custody at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

Arrested were: Tahaka Bovell age 20 of Newark NJ Ibnyusef Ali age 21 of Newark NJ Uniki Armstrong age 21 of Newark NJ Kervance Couyoute age 21 of Pennsylvania John Reynolds age 19 of Somerset NJ

Police Director Samuel DeMaio praised the alert police work of the two patrol Officers noting how significant every gun taken off the street is. "These arrests not only took dangerous criminals off of our streets but took another weapon into our possession that has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Our Officers will work tirelessly to keep dangerous criminal offenders off of our streets."