A report of a suspicious person led police in Lyndhurst to find a loaded handgun as well as illegal drugs, Det. Lt. Vincent Auteri, of the Lyndhurst Police Department said.
On Friday, Dec. 3, at around 6 p.m., Officer Michael Walker was dispatched to the 200 block of Stuyvesant Avenue to investigate the report of a man, sitting alone, in the back seat of a parked car, Auteri said.
Upon arrival, Walker located the vehicle and confirmed there was a man, later identified as Jaquan Beard, 22, of Newark, sitting alone in the rear seat. Officer Walker, who at this point had been joined by Officer Michael LeStrange, Lt. Richard Holicki and Det. Chris Cuneo, was able to get Beard to exit the vehicle.
While speaking with Beard, the officers located the vehicle’s owner, who voluntarily gave consent to search it.
A loaded .380 handgun was recovered from the of the vehicle (it had been hidden.) Beard was then placed under arrest. During processing, it was determined Beard had 34 wax folds of heroin and a small amount of cocaine concealed on him.
Beard was charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and distribution of heroin.
Beard was remanded to the Bergen County Jail.
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