New Jersey: Raheem Johnson Charged with Multiple Offenses

Essex County Man, Raheem Johnson Charged with Narcotics Offenses and Possession of AK-47 Style Semi-Automatic Rifle

NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) An Essex County, New Jersey, man was arrested and had his initial appearance in federal court on charges stemming from his arrest for narcotics trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Raheem Johnson, aka “Smoke,” 37, of Newark, is charged by complaint with two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin (Counts One and Three), one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Count Two), one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (Count Four), and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Count Five).  Johnson appeared by videoconference on May 27, 2021, before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III and was detained without bail

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The investigation revealed that in April 2021 and May 2021, Johnson distributed controlled substances, including cocaine base and heroin, around Hayes Street in Newark.  Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence and recovered a WASR?10 7.62×39 millimeter semi-automatic rifle, 20 rounds of 7.62×39-mm ammunition, and more than two dozen bricks, or 1,200 doses, of suspected heroin.

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