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Cranford Police Still Investigating Suspects Following Seize of Weapons & Narcotics

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The Cranford Police Department seized two handguns, bullets and narcotics following the arrest of three individuals on late Monday evening. Credits: CPD
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CRANFORD, NJ — The Cranford Police Department seized two handguns, bullets and narcotics following the arrest of three individuals on late Monday evening, according to a press release from the Cranford Police Department.

A fourth suspect and the origin of the items are under investigation, according to the press release.

At approximately 11:02 p.m., Officer Michael O’Neil conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 1996 Ford near Raritan Road and Moen Avenue after noticing multiple violations. As he approached the car, two individuals fled on foot and were immediately taken into custody, according to the press release.

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Inside the vehicle, O’Neil found a loaded .45 Caliber Glock Handgun, a loaded .357 Revolver, and marijuana inside the vehicle. Two occupants were immediately taken into custody. A third was found in the backyard of a Linden residence with the help of the Linden Police Department and Union County Sheriff Department’s K-9 Unit, according to the press release.

The suspects arrested are Taquan Bowden, 23, of Linden, Tashawn Sullivan, 22, of Newark and Kevin Artis Jr., 23, of Edison.

Bowden and Sullivan were charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of hollow point bullets, possession of marijuana(Under 50 grams), and possession of paraphernalia. Bowden was also issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while suspended, possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, unclear license plates, failure to inspect, unapproved window tint, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, according to the press release.

Artis Jr. was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of hollow point bullets, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

The three were transported to the Union County Jail pending a detention hearing in Union County Superior Court.

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