PATERSON, NJ - A patrol of Paterson’s hot spots led to the arrest of a 21-year-old Irvington man who was allegedly armed with a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced Wednesday.

According to Speiale, Detectives Mustafa Dombayci, Mohammad Bashir, and Yamil Pimienta, assigned to the city’s Street Crime Unit, were in the area of 17th Avenue and East 29 Street at approximately 8:00 p.m. Tuesday when they observed a male, later identified as Devon Williams, placing a clear plastic bag of what they recognized as suspected marijuana into a second bag. 

As the detectives exited their vehicles, and Williams became aware of their presence, the report states, he walked away, and attempted to hide inside an area business that was open at the time. Detectives entered the business and located Williams, as well as the two bags that he had in his possession when he walked away from the initial scene.

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An investigation of the bags uncovered a large amount of suspected marijuana and the handgun prompting detectives to take Williams into custody. $322 in US currency was also recovered.

The recovered handgun will be submitted to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Laboratory for further examination.

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