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Newark Police: Montclair Man Arrested for Allegedly Possessing Two Loaded Handguns, Ammunition and CDS

Richard S. Best, 33, of Montclair

NEWARK,NJ-  A 33-year-old Montclair man was arrested in Newark on Thursday after police officials  alleged to have found him in possession of a box of ammunition, two loaded handguns and for possible distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, according to police officials. 

The arrest of Richard S. Best, 33, of Montclair, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports, came after neighbors reported suspicion of CDS being sold in their building. 

At approximately 10:30 a.m., plain clothes officers were canvassing a residential building at Brunswick and Thomas streets in response to complaints from concerned citizens about drugs being sold from a vacant apartment.  Police arrested Best as he attempted to flee back into the apartment, but was immediately apprehended and arrested without further incident.

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Officers found Best in possession of 1,250 glassine envelopes of suspected CDS heroin, 257 vials of suspected CDS cocaine, a clear plastic bag containing 6.7 grams of suspected CDS cocaine, a scale, boxes of empty glass vials, zip-lock bags containing multi-colored vial tops, a razor, a box of .45 caliber ammunition, a loaded .45 caliber handgun and a loaded .40 caliber handgun. 

Best is charged with CDS Possession (heroin and cocaine), CDS Distribution, CDS Distribution within 1,000-ft. of a School, CDS Distribution within 500-ft. of a Public Park, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespass, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

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

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