A Passaic City man who was armed with a semi-automatic handgun was arrested early Sunday morning near Rosa Parks Boulevard, announced the Paterson Police Department.
Carney Monts, 28-year-old, resident of Passaic City, was in the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Governor Street at around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, when police officers were in the area on a “special violent crime suppression detail.”
Police officers observed a group of men hanging out in the intersection. “As Detectives exited their vehicle to investigate, a male identified as Carney Monts discarded numerous glassine envelopes of suspected heroin to the ground, and fled on foot,” said Patrick Murray, head of the Ceasefire Unit.
Officer followed, chasing the suspect to a backyard on 12th Avenue, according to police. “Monts was apprehended in the rear yard of a residence on 12th Avenue by Detectives Aramis Alba, Robert Orozco, and Francisco Brito, at which time Monts was found to be armed with a semi-automatic handgun,” said Murray.
Officers found 69 glassine bags of heroin in the suspect’s possession.
Police said the recovered weapon will be sent to a ballistic lab for further testing and examination.
Monts has been charged with gun possession, drug possession, and resisting arrest, among other charges, said police. He is being detained in the city’s police lockup.