UNION, NJ – Three fully loaded guns and illegal drugs were found when two Union police officers made a motor vehicle stop in the Vauxhall section of Union Wednesday night.
According to Union police, at about 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 11, two officers of the Street Crimes Unit in an unmarked car observed a car with illegally tinted windows and pulled the vehicle over on Maple Avenue in Vauxhall. There were four men inside the car. Police say they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car.
The police investigation into the source of the marijuana smell led them to find a Highpoint .45 caliber handgun and prescription cough syrup in cups mixed with soda. As officers began to arrest the occupants, one of the men fled. The three other men were arrested for possession of the gun and illegal prescription medicine. During the vehicle and suspect search, officers found two other handguns, a Smith & Wesson .380 handgun and a Ruger .45 caliber handgun. All the guns were fully loaded. The officers found additional drugs (marijuana and Promethazine) and stolen credit cards. Inside the vehicle, police also located ski masks and latex gloves.
The men arrested are:
- Bilal Patterson (driver), 25, from Tucson Rd., Maplewood.
- Isaiah Gavin, 20, from Oregon St., Maplewood.
- Daquan Berger, 26, from South 13th St., Newark.
The three men were charged with illegal possession of the three handguns and possession of the various illegal drugs found in the car. Gavin was additionally charged with possession of the four stolen credit cards. Gavin was also wanted in East Orange, Irvington, and Newark for other crimes and had arrest warrants issued from the other police departments. The suspects were held at the Union Police Department headquarters until the were sent to the Union County Jail, where they will have a bail hearing.
According to police, the fourth man who ran from police has not been found. However, he gave his real name to the officers before he fled. Police have confirmed his identity and have signed criminal complaints against Kenneth Newton, 22, with addresses in Maplewood and Newark. Detectives and Street Crimes Unit officers are looking for Newton. Detectives are investigating to determine the source of the guns. They are also looking to determine if the men fit the description of any recent armed robberies in which the suspects wore similar masks and latex gloves.