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Five Separate Undercover Investigations Lead to 17 Arrests and the Seizure of Over $30K of Narcotics in East Orange and Orange

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The East Orange Police Department arrested 17 people and seized over $30,000 worth of narcotics and illegal weapons as a result of several undercover investigations prompted by citizen complaints and anonymous tips, city officials said.

Police said the investigations, which have taken place over the past five months in both East Orange and Orange, were not connected. 

“Residents are often our eyes and our ears. Maintaining open lines of communication between our officers and the people who live and work here is vital to ensuring that we keep crime and illegal drug activity out of our community,” said Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley.

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The resulting arrests included the seizure of 997 grams of marijuana, 21 grams of crack cocaine, and over a pound of heroin. Each investigation also led to the seizure of numerous handguns, ammunition, assault and semi-automatic weapons. All suspects were charged with numerous state narcotics and weapons offenses.

The following arrests were made:

Location:

42 North 18th Street, East Orange

Suspects:

Timothy Wayne of East Orange, 25

April Wayne of East Orange, 43

Zahir Christmas of Newark, 30

Shaquill Baker of East Orange, 19

Al-Fuquan Crawford of Newark, 13

Location:

54 North 20th Street, East Orange

Suspects:

Tareek Garcia of East Orange, 27

Shakira Garcia of East Orange, 20

Paula Garcia of East Orange, 52

Shakiya Garcia of East Orange, 30

Walter Garcia, Jr. of East Orange, 57

Location:

533 Main Street (Brick Church Plaza), East Orange and 196 Central Place, Orange, NJ

Suspects:

John Umstead of Orange, 56

Location:

95 Washington St, East Orange

Suspects:

Tony Warren of East Orange, 50 

Location:

90 North 15th Street, East Orange

Suspects:

John Harris of East Orange, 24

J’Quan Schenck-Faison of East Orange, 20

Shakeema Kelly of Elizabeth, 18

Keyan Smith of East Orange, 25

Wajier Sturdivant of Paterson, 30

To anonymously report criminal activity in your area, please call the Crime Tip Hotline at 973-266-5041.

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