Linden Police Conduct Drug Raids

LINDEN – Police arrested eight suspects following two drug raids this week that were the result of three-month investigations, authorities announced.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, members of the Linden Police Department’s narcotics bureau raided a first floor apartment on the 800 block of McGillvray Place. Officers seized 26 bags of crack cocaine packaged for sale, valued at $1,000; two small bags of marijuana; a digital scale; and a large bag with small empty bags used to distribute narcotics.

Police arrested Russell T. Maharaj, 19; Kanissa J. Maharaj, 25; Cora Ann Maharaj, 21, all of Linden; and Ean J. Flemming, 23, of Long Branch. All were charged with possession and distribution of narcotics; distribution within 1000’ of Christian Academy (school zone), and within 500’ of 8th Ward Park, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. The defendants were transported to the Union County Jail in lieu of $90,000 bail each with a court date set for Dec. 14.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, members of the narcotics bureau raided an apartment on the 1400 block of Union Street. Officers seized: six pieces of crack cocaine; over two ounces of marijuana, all packaged for distribution in plastic bags; and $1,236 in cash.

Police arrested Carlo Dauphin, 25; Lakeisha McKinney, 38; Roody J. Rozelien, 20, all of Linden; and Jaron T. Corbett, 21, of Roselle. Dauphin and McKinney were charged with possession and distribution of narcotics within 1000’ of Public School# 4 and 500’ of Linden Public Housing. Bail was set at $167,500 for each defendant. Rozelien was charged with possession of CDS and obstruction and bail was set at $5,000. Corbett was charged with possession of marijuana; bail was set at $2,500. The defendants have a court date set for Dec. 16.

As is the case in all criminal proceedings, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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