Kearny Police seize 90 bags of heroin in one arrest

The vice unit placed two individuals under surveillance in Veteran’s Park and during their observation, watched the two individuals engage in what they believed was a drug transaction. Before the vice squad could identify themselves, they saw one of the individuals holding a small Ziploc bag and a cigar protruding from the pocket of one of the individuals.

With that information, they placed both individuals under arrest. A search of one of the individuals yielded 12 small Ziploc bags containing cocaine and a further search yielded 90 glassine bags of suspected heroin marked “Hands Up.”

Tariq Romane, 20, from Newark, was processed and released. A 16-year-old juvenile from Newark was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of Lincoln School, and intent to distribute within 500 feet of Veteran’s Memorial Park. Here are other events from the Kearny Blotter.

Not too sharp of an idea

Kearny Police responded to the area of Garfield school on Thursday June 14 around 2:45 p.m. on the report of two men engaged in an altercation involving knives. Officers Frank West, Rich Carbone, John Fabula, Rich Pawlowski, and Det. Mike Gonzalez responded to the area to interview witnesses. After a description was formed, an area wide search was conducted. Two individuals matching the description were found walking on Brighton Ave. in the area of Liberty St. When the officers approached the men, the individuals denied having weapons, but a search of the area recovered two knives. Both individuals were then placed under arrest. Tristan Sanchez, 20, from Kearny, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was also charged on two outstanding warrants, one each from Kearny and Newark. The second man, 28-year-old Aaron Kane, was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Quartet of robbers caught

Officers John Travelino and Derek Hemphill had obtained info that a robbery had taken place shortly before midnight on June 18. Officer Hemphill discovered the individuals on Afton St. When he began to question the individuals, one began to run, but his escape efforts were thwarted by Hemphill, who was able to grab the individual before the man could hop over a fence.

On the 18th, three of the four men were taken into custody on robbery charges, taken to headquarters and booked. A 17-year-old Kearny male was charged with robbery, conspiracy, disorderly conduct, underage possession of alcohol, and a curfew violation. 18-year-old Brandon Tice of Kearny was charged with robbery, conspiracy, and disorderly conduct. 25-year-old Joseph Cardell was charged with robbery, conspiracy, obstructing in the administration of law, hindering apprehension, and possession of alcohol in public.

On the 19th, officers went to the home of 21-year-old Scott Huaman after confirming his actions as a part of the group. He was charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Bail was set at 100,000 full with no 10 % option. He was transported to the County Jail after processing.

Observant cops lead to drug arrest

The vice unit had received info about an individual selling narcotics from a Kearny Ave. location. Police set up surveillance and felt they confirmed their information in the 100 block of Kearny Ave. Units arrived to the 100 block of Kearny Ave. and set up surveillance. Police questioned one 16-year-old male leaving the residence after they observed what they felt to be a drug transaction. The juvenile was found in possession of marijuana. Based on their observations, they returned and arrested the distributor. A 17-year-old male from Kearny was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and distribution within 1,000 feet of St. Cecelia’s School. A search of the residence yielded a sizable amount of marijuana contained in two large, clear bags as well as 600 dollars cash believed to be from drug sales.

-Anthony J. Machcinski

The Observer Staff