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NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Office of Public Information (609) 882-2000
Lt. Stephen Jones - ext. 6513
Sgt. Brian Polite - ext. 6514
Tpr. I Christopher Kay - ext. 6515

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 6, 2012

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State Police Arrest Gun Dealing Felons

Newark, N.J. -- On February 29th, the New Jersey State Police Weapons Trafficking Unit arrested three convicted felons that bought and sold illegal weapons throughout Monmouth County, New Jersey.

The two month investigation revealed that Dana "Real" Jackson, 40 of Aberdeen, N.J. took orders for firearms from people who are prohibited by law from possessing them because of prior criminal convictions. Jackson would get the guns from Damien Coleman, 32 of Newark, N.J. and bringing them back to Monmouth County for resale. Once in Monmouth County, Jackson and Curtis Mitchell, 39 of Cliffwood, N.J. would sell the firearms illegally for a profit.

Jackson was arrested at his residence in Aberdeen. He was in possession of heroine and two handguns at the time of his arrest. Mitchell was arrested at his residence. Coleman was arrested after a brief foot pursuit at his residence. He was found to be in possession of heroine, crack cocaine, and two handguns.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of eight firearms, including seven handguns and one shotgun, numerous rounds of ammunition, approximately 300 decks of heroin, 15 grams of crack cocaine, and eight thousand dollars in U.S. Currency.

Arrested: 1. Dana "Real" Jackson
40 years old
Aberdeen, NJ
  2. Curtis Mitchell
39 years old
Cliffwood, NJ
  3. Damien Coleman
32 years old
Newark, NJ

Charges: Dana “Real” Jackson: Possession of a Firearm (4 Counts)
  Click image for larger view Unlawful Sale of Firearm (3 Counts)
  Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms (4 Counts)
  Possession of a Weapon during CDS Offense
  Possession of Stolen Property
  Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition
  Possession/Distribution of CDS Heroin
     
  Curtis Mitchell: Possession of a Firearm
  Click image for larger view Unlawful Sale of a Firearm
  Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm
  Conspiracy
   
   
   
  Damien Coleman: Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts)
  Click image for larger view Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms (2 Counts)
  Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition
  Possession of CDS Heroin
  Possession of CDS w/ Intent to Distribute
  Possession of CDS Crack Cocaine
  Distribution of CDS in a School Zone
  Resisting Arrest by Flight and Force

Bail was set for Jackson at $410,000 and Mitchell at $205,000. Both were lodged in default of bail at the Monmouth County Jail. Bail was set for Coleman at $95,000 and he was subsequently was lodged in default of bail at the Essex County Jail.

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