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November 12, 2021
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Hamilton Twp., N.J. - The New Jersey State Police have arrested 14 individuals and seized 6 guns including 2 ghost guns, high-capacity magazines, hollow-point ammunition, and drugs after an investigation led detectives to a party bus traveling through Mercer County.
Detectives with the Crime Suppression Central Unit learned that a party bus carrying multiple occupants in possession of weapons was traveling through Mercer County and that it would return to the Trenton area via Interstate 195.
On October 31, at 3:30 a.m., detectives with the Crime Suppression Unit and Opioid Enforcement Task Force along with members of the Trenton Police Department and Hamilton Police Department located and stopped the bus on Interstate 195 in Hamilton Township. As detectives approached the bus, they observed the occupants attempting to conceal several weapons within the bus. The occupants of the bus were arrested.
As a result of the investigation, detectives recovered three 9mm handguns, including two ghost guns, a .45 caliber handgun, a .40 caliber handgun, a .380 caliber handgun, three high-capacity magazines, hollow-point ammunition and promethazine, suspected codeine syrup. A ghost gun is a firearm that is assembled from various parts that are not imprinted with a serial number registered with a federally licensed manufacturer, making them difficult for law enforcement to trace.
The individuals were charged with the following:
Javon McKinney, 22, of Trenton, N.J.
Maurice Nance, 20, of Trenton, N.J.
Kena West, 25, of Trenton, N.J.
Jahmel Johnson, 24, of Trenton, N.J.
Makai Brown, 21, of Atlanta, GA
Jaquan Harper, 20, of Trenton, N.J.
Zaire Leary, 24, of Trenton, N.J.
Daquane McRae, 25, of Trenton, N.J.
Khalil Glanton, 22, of Trenton, N.J.
Daquan Lewis, 27, of Trenton, N.J.
Aaron Turner, 31, of Trenton, N.J.
Tahvon Goss, 23, of Trenton, N.J.
Harold Ruiz, 22, of Trenton, N.J.
Juvenile female of Ewing, N.J.
This case is being prosecuted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.
Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.
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