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Police coalition makes arrest in Essex

Raid found assault rifle, 24 ‘jugs’ of crack cocaine

By Nikita Biryukov, September 13 2019 8:48 pm

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A coalition of Essex County, Newark, Bloomfield and Irvington Police arrested two men and seized an assault-style rifle and drugs in a Newark home Friday.

“Our officers entered the multi-family residence and located Smith in his first floor apartment,” Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said. “Smith was detained as his apartment was searched and during the sweep a Norico SKS 7.62 caliber Chinese made assault rifle with an extended capacity ammunition magazine was seized along with a large cache of ammunition of various calibers, and 20 glass containers of ‘crack’ cocaine.”

The raid was spurred by search warrants for the residence of Omar Henry, who remains at large. Authorities arrested Wil Smith, a 32-year-old Newark resident who was the subject of an ongoing drug-trafficking investigation.

Officers also arrested Mattie Griffis, 56, who was wanted on multiple warrants for weapons possession, aggravated assault and criminal mischief.

“In the third floor apartment of Omar Henry, age 33, the task force discovered 24 plastic jugs of ‘crack’ cocaine, two cocaine-filled plastic bags and $330 in U.S. currency.” Fontoura noted. “The estimated street value of the narcotics comes in at over $1000 in U.S. Currency. The suspect was not home at the time of raid and we continue to seek his whereabouts.”

Smith was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a dangerous controlled substance, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and illegal possession of ammunition.

The two arrested persons await their bail hearing at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

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