The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force (MCNTF) concluded a month-long investigation this week with three arrests and the seizure of 11 guns, high-capacity rifle magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and approximately $1,000 in methamphetamine, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
At approximately 5:45pm on Wednesday, January 27, members of the New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Hamilton Township Police Division, the Trenton Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, executed a search warrant for the residence of in the 200’s on Route 31 Northbound in Hopewell. During the search warrant execution, two individuals were located and detained in the rear yard. A third individual, also a resident, was located and detained in the second floor front bedroom.
A subsequent search of the residence revealed eight long guns and three handguns, including a loaded Browning Arms .22 caliber rifle, a loaded Winchester Model 94 3030 lever action rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a Winchester Model 1917 bolt action rifle, an Iver Johnson 12-guage single shot shotgun, a Remington Model S12 bolt action .22 caliber rifle, an Ithaca double barrel 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin bolt action Model SS 12-gauge shotgun, a Haus Firearm Company .22 caliber revolver handgun, a loaded Raven Arms MP-25 handgun and a Para Ha semi-automatic handgun.
Detectives also seized seven 30-round AR style rifle magazines, hundreds of rounds of assorted ammunition, 10 grams of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $1,000, drug packaging materials and $2,150 in cash.
The three individuals were each charged with numerous narcotic- and weapons-related offenses, and lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center pending future court proceedings.
Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Press release submitted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.