Police raided an apartment in Paterson’s 1st Ward recently and discovered five weapons, as well as a significant quantity of marijuana, ultimately charging a former employee of the Paterson Police Department with drug and weapons offenses.
Authorities conducted a search at the home of 40-year-old Willie T. Barron at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 15th. In the apartment, which is located on North 5th Street in Paterson’s 1st Ward, investigators reportedly discovered five weapons, including: a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, two .12 gauge shotguns, and two .410 gauge shotguns. They also seized hollow-point bullets and 25 baggies containing marijuana.
Barron was subsequently charged with multiple drug and weapons offenses, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Notably, he is a former employee of the Paterson Police Department, having served in the central booking offense for a number of years before leaving over five years ago.
Barron has also likely been charged with several counts of unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the aforementioned investigation. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, the statute which governs these offenses, unlawful possession of a handgun is considered a more egregious crime than unlawful possession of a shotgun.
As such, offenses involving handguns are classified as second degree crimes, which entail a term of incarceration ranging from 5 to 10 years, while offenses involving shotguns are graded as third degree crimes, which are punishable by a 3 to 5-year term of imprisonment.
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