|TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that two Trenton men were indicted today by a state grand jury on charges that they sold an illegal assault weapon with a prohibited large-capacity magazine during an undercover investigation by the New Jersey State Police.
The Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau today obtained an indictment charging Omar Lamar, 32, and Rashaee Parker, 23, both of Trenton, with conspiracy (2nd degree), unlawful possession of an assault firearm (2nd degree), unlawful possession of a handgun (2nd degree) unlawful disposition of an assault firearm (3rd degree), unlawful possession of a large-capacity magazine (4th degree) and unlawful disposition of a large-capacity magazine (4th degree). Lamar also is charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon (2nd degree).
The indictment alleges that on March 8, 2013, Lamar and Parker sold an Intratec “Tec-9” semiautomatic pistol with a large-capacity magazine to an undercover operative working with the New Jersey State Police Weapons Trafficking Central Unit. The sale occurred inside a car in the area of Olden Avenue.
The second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. The charges of possession of an assault firearm and possession of a handgun carry a mandatory minimum sentence of three years without parole. The charge of second-degree possession of a firearm as a convicted felon carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years without parole. Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Deputy Attorney Cassandra Serentino presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. Detective Jeffrey Gauthier was the lead detective for the New Jersey State Police Weapons Trafficking Central Unit, under the supervision of Lt. Eric Barlow and Sgt. Edward Kitts.
The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The indictment was handed up today to Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson in Mercer County. The case is assigned to Mercer County, where the defendants will be arraigned at a later date.