TRENTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Police Department is being credited with assisting in a multi-agency effort, led by the New Jersey State Police, that resulted in the arrest of two men in a weapons trafficking investigation. The New Jersey State Police announced on Tuesday that, following the month-long investigation, Henry Kidd, 50, of Hayesville, AL and Javar Kidd, 31, of Trenton, N.J have been arrested for various drug and weapon offenses and seized 10 guns, high capacity magazines, drugs, paraphernalia, and more than $2,100 cash after a weapons trafficking investigation.
Detectives with the Crime Suppression Central Unit allegedly discovered that the Kidds were obtaining guns in South Carolina from straw purchasers and then selling them in the Trenton area. A straw purchase is when a person buys a gun on behalf of someone who is prohibited by law from owning or possessing a firearm or for someone who does not want their name associated with the weapon.
“Many of the crime guns seized in New Jersey are purchased out of state, which are then sold to individuals prohibited from legally owning weapons. Henry and Javar Kidd were straw purchasers who knowingly put guns into the hands of violent criminals,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We will continue to dismantle the trafficking supply lines by continuing to work with our partners to aggressively target buyers and sellers who seek to profit from the devastation caused by gun violence.”
On Saturday, October 31, investigators were notified that the two men were traveling from South Carolina to Trenton in a Chevrolet Equinox. Detectives with the Crime Suppression Central Unit, along with members of the Trenton Police Department and Hamilton Township Police Department, located the Chevrolet at a residence on Ewing Street in Trenton.
As detectives approached, Javar Kidd attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended immediately. Henry Kidd was arrested without incident.
Later in the day, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant on the Chevrolet, which resulted in the seizure of a .45 caliber handgun, a .40 caliber handgun, a .380 caliber handgun, 5 9mm handguns, 11 high capacity magazines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and more than $2,100 cash. During the investigation, detectives previously seized a .40 caliber handgun, and a 9mm handgun.
“Stopping the flow of illegal guns into New Jersey is a top priority for all of us in New Jersey law enforcement,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Because four out of five crime guns recovered in New Jersey originate from states that do not have the same strong firearms laws as we do, we need to do all we can to shut down this iron pipeline. And each illegally trafficked gun that we prevent from reaching our streets represents a life or multiple lives saved, including law enforcement lives. Today’s announcement is a reflection of those ongoing efforts.”
Both Henry and Javar Kidd were charged with promotion of organized street crime, unlawful sale/transfer of firearms, unlawful possession of handguns, unlawful possession of high capacity magazines, and certain persons not to possess weapons. Javar Kidd also was charged with resisting arrest.
Both defendants were lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center and were ordered detained pending trial at detention hearings held last week. The case is being prosecuted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.
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