The city’s police officers recovered three weapons during a crime suppression detail on Friday evening, said police director Jerry Speziale.
Police recovered the first weapon at about 10:30 p.m. at a housing complex on Alois Place. Officers arrested 21-year-old convicted drug dealer Karlton Kibler after a foot chase, said the director.
The second gun was recovered minutes after Friday night turned into Saturday morning at about 12:34 a.m. on North 1st and Arch Streets, said the director. 18-year-old Quincy Franklin was trifling with a gang of young men at the intersection of North Main and Jefferson Streets, when detectives exited their vehicles to investigate an ordinance violation, at which point the teenager ran.
Franklin allegedly had in possession a SWD M-11 9 mm firearm with a large magazine capacity, said the director.
Speziale said the recovered weapon had a live round in the chamber.
The third weapon was recovered at about 1:10 a.m. on Saturday from 22-year-old Kadeem Coleman. Ceasefire Unit detectives were on Jefferson Street when they received reports of two gun shots in the area.
Detectives quickly ascertained information about a black Dodge sedan that was allegedly involved in the shooting. Police located vehicle matching the description on the other side of the river at Rosa Parks Boulevard and Harrison Street.
The vehicle was pulled over by police, Colemen, a passenger in the car, was found in possession of a SigSauer .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that was reported stolen out of Morris County, said the director.
Kibler has been charged with drug and weapon offense. Franklin and Colemen were charged with weapon offense, said the director.
“These individuals should be held accountable for their actions and disregard for the law. The arrests will hopefully send a message that violent behavior is unacceptable,” said Speziale.
The director credited the weapons recovery the city’s Ceasefire Unit and Narcotics Unit. He also noted the assistance of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
“We will continue our fight and remove one gun at a time to make our city safer,” said Speziale.