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Police Report 5 Arrests and 5 Guns Recovered Last Night in Crime Reduction Operation


EAST ORANGE, NJ - Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports that police have arrested Rasul Brown, 23, Pete Johnson, 61, and a 15-year old juvenile male, all of Newark, and Antoine Hawkins, 28, of East Orange and Donell Craig, 34, of Irvington, as part of a crime reduction operation.

In response to citizen complaints, recent incidents of violence and intelligence gathered as part of ongoing investigations, police deployed members of the Criminal Intelligence and Precinct Narcotics Units to specific locations. Rasul Brown was arrested in the area of Fabyan Place, near Clinton Avenue, after detectives observed him with a loaded .40 caliber handgun. He is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (large capacity magazine).

Police observed a narcotics transaction between Antoine Hawkins and Pete Johnson in the 900-block of Bergen Street. Hawkins was in possession of 58 glassine envelopes of heroin and is charged with CDS Possession, Distribution of CDS and Distribution of CDS Within 1,000-ft. of a School. Johnson, who was in possession of two glassine envelopes of heroin, is charged with CDS Possession.

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The juvenile was arrested in the area of 6th Avenue and North 6th Street. He was in possession of 8 decks of heroin, 6 vials of cocaine and one bag of marijuana. He is charged with three counts of CDS Possession and Distribution of CDS Within 1,000-ft. of a School.

Donell Craig, who was wanted on two outstanding warrants, was apprehended in the area of 12th Avenue and South 7th Street.

As part of this operation, police recovered four handguns from a vacant apartment in the 300-block of South 9th Street. Specifically, two 9MM handguns and two .45 caliber handguns were recovered. One 9MM handgun had been reported stolen out of Virginia and one of the .45 caliber handguns was reported stolen out of Georgia. At this location, officers also recovered 46 decks of heroin, 17 bags of marijuana, 43 bags of crack cocaine, and two large bags of raw cocaine. Officers further recovered numerous live .45 caliber rounds and various drug paraphernalia at another vacant apartment in the same block.

These charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty  in a court of law.

Director Ambrose is urging anyone with information about any crimes or suspicious activity in the city to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).  All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.

Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at: or through our new Smartphone App available at iTunes and Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, will update this report.

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