A drug arrest was made at Glenfield Park in Montclair yesterday by Essex County sheriff’s officers.
Officers conducted surveillance operations in response to anonymous tips from local residents, Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a press release.
Sheriff Fontoura said:
Officers observed two suspects at the Maple Avenue side of the park who matched descriptions of drug peddlers made by a local resident who provided the Sheriff’s Office with an anonymous tip.
When the suspects spotted the officers they fled from the scene on bicycles.
During pursuit, one of the suspects jumped from his bicycle and ran through backyards on Maple Avenue. The officers continued to pursue Fard Murray, age 27, of Montclair and observed him toss a clear plastic bag into a drainage sewer in front of 18 Maple Avenue.
Murray was eventually cut-off by the officers. After a brief struggle with the officers, Murray was arrested and placed in handcuffs.
Murray’s package was recovered from the sewer and it was found to contain five zip-lock bags of marijuana.
The suspect was charged with possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of Glenfield School, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of Glenfield Park and resisting arrest.
Sheriff’s officers continue to look for Murray’s accomplice.
Newark municipal court Judge Dion Williams ordered Robinson and Williams held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 cash bond only. Elder and Reed were ordered to appear in Newark municipal court on July 7th.
Montclair municipal court Judge Nicholas Brindisi ordered Murray held at the county jail on $15,000 cash bond only. Murray’s arraignment is expected to take place on Thursday.