Linden Police Make Gun & Drug Arrests

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

LINDEN — City police officers responding to a tip about two men showing off a handgun in the hallway of a Charles Street apartment building on Saturday arrested two suspects on drug charges.

Officer Christian Ramirez was on patrol on March 30 when he received the information, shortly before 10 p.m. He requested assistance and the officers entered the building, where they saw North Plainfield resident Treshard Vandunk, 32, rolling what they believed to be a marijuana cigarette. They placed him under arrest and found an Intratec 9mm handgun loaded with eight rounds in his waistband, according to authorities.

Police also arrested Newark resident Abdul Omar Wilks, 31, who was found to be in possession of 24 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin and a zip-lock bag of suspected marijuana. Wilks was charged with possession and distribution of heroin; possession of marijuana; and distribution within 500 feet of Charles St. Park. He was being held on $13,500 bail.

Vandunk was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; certain persons not to possess weapons; and possession of marijuana. He was being held on $101,000 bail.

The charges against the suspects are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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