PATERSON, NJ - Efforts to remove illegal guns off Paterson’s streets continued Friday as Detectives Mustafa Dombayci and Joseph Aboyoun, assigned to the city’s Street Crime Unit, arrested a city man who was found to be in possession of a loaded .40 caliber handgun.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the detectives were in the area of Godwin Avenue and Carroll Street at approximately 10:50 p.m. when they observed a Toyota Camry bearing Massachusetts license plates disregard a stop sign at the intersection. 

After stopping and approaching the vehicle, the detectives reported, a strong odor of burnt marijuana came from the interior. During an investigation the driver, Craig Tomlinson, 25, was removed from the vehicle and Detectives James Jenkins and Suquan Gary, on scene to support in the effort, found the weapon in the suspect’s waistband.

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The weapon was immediately secured to be submitted to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Laboratory for examination while Tomlinson was transported to Paterson Police Headquarters and charged with numerous weapons offenses.

Last week Mayor Andre Sayegh reported that the Paterson Police Department had removed 155 guns from Paterson's streets, surpassing the total of both 2018 and 2019. These included an incident Wednesday during which members of the Street Crime Unit arrested two men and recovered two weapons after a foot chase in the area of 21st Avenue and Madison Street.

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