LINDEN – Last week, Linden police arrested a pair of suspected drug dealers and seized a kilo of cocaine.
Maurice Kinard, 37, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged with possession and distribution of cocaine, and related offenses, tampering with evidence, unlawful possession of a handgun, and a fugitive warrant. His bail was set at $500,000.
Rojean Morgan, 41, of Baltimore, Md., was charged with possession and distribution of cocaine, possession and distribution of marijuana, and related offenses. His bail was set at $250,000.
On March 11, officers conducting a narcotics investigation led by Detective Thomas Larmore noticed two men engaged in a drug transaction at 2:58 p.m. in the area of Clinton and East 17th streets, authorities said.
As the two suspects entered separate vehicles, the officers moved in. One vehicle, a 2009 Chevy LS, with Virginia plates, left the area but was stopped on East 14th Street. A passenger bolted out of the vehicle and fled on foot while discarding one kilo of cocaine, worth approx. $50,000, authorities said.
The Union County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was called in to search for the suspect, but he eluded capture. Officers quickly arrested the driver, Morgan. He was found to be in possession of marijuana in a quantity just under one ounce, authorities said.
Meanwhile, officers stopped the second vehicle, a 2007 Audi Q7, with New York plates, before it left the intersection. Kinard attempted to discard some cocaine out of the window, authorities said. He was then placed under arrest. He was also charged with possession of the kilo of cocaine recovered on E. 14th St. In addition, a search of his vehicle revealed a .38 caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition, authorities said.
Officers from the Linden Police Narcotics Squad, assisted by investigators from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, then went to Kinard’s residence in Brooklyn where they seized 200 lbs. of marijuana (valued at $500,000); a Charter-Arms handgun; and $8,000 in cash, authorities said.
Both vehicles were impounded. The Chevy, a rental vehicle, will be released. The Audi will be held for asset forfeiture proceedings, authorities said.
Both suspects were remanded to the Union County Jail and are due in court Friday, authorities said.
The investigation is continuing by members of the Linden Police Narcotics Squad and the United States Marshal’s Office.
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