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NEWARK — A 45-year-old “Dominican national” was arrested after Essex County Sheriff’s officers seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and “crack” cocaine from his Newark apartment last week, police said.

Fray Ovando, 45, was charged with multiple drug offenses after detectives executed a search warrant at his North 5th Street residence and recovered a kilo of crack and 237 grams of crystal meth, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

Methamphetamine is a popular drug in the Southwest and in outlaw biker gang lore, and is rarely found in the Garden State.

“The recovery of methamphetamine in this area is indeed rare,” Fontoura said. “I’ve been in this business for a long time and our Bureau of Narcotics is the second oldest such unit in New Jersey. This may be only the second or third time we’ve come across the hardcore narcotic in three decades.”

Ovando appeared in court this morning, and Fontoura said he has already contacted the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and expects the 45-year-old to be deported.

He remains at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $300,000 bond.



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