LINDEN — Police arrested two Rahway men on gun and drug charges Friday night.
On Sept. 20 at 8:53 p.m., members of the Linden police department’s Narcotics Squad were conducting a surveillance operation in the parking lot of Aviation Plaza on Routes 1&9 when they observed what appeared to be a drug transaction between the occupants of two vehicles near the Marshalls store.
The detectives then followed a Chevy Trailblazer out of the lot and heading northbound on Routes 1&9 when the vehicle began to travel erratically and weave in and out of traffic. With the assistance of patrol officers, the Trailblazer was eventually stopped at Franklin Street and 5th Avenue in Elizabeth. When they approached the vehicle and spoke to driver Jared Deshawn Daniels, 25, detectives saw a handgun laying on the floor of the vehicle, police said. The detectives removed Daniels and passenger Alkabir Ishmel Boone, 25, from the vehicle and placed them under arrest.
The handgun was a Charter Arms .38 caliber special loaded with two rounds, according to police. The officers also smelled the odor of marijuana and recovered a sandwich bag containing 10 smaller baggies of suspected marijuana.
At headquarters, the suspects were charged with possession and distribution of marijuana, possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense, and certain persons not to possess weapons. Daniels, was also charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and having an open container of alcohol. Daniels was held on $150,000 bail and Boone held on $100,000 bail.
The charges against the suspects are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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