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Carlstadt NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of IBRAHIM ASARE (DOB:5/23/1996; single; unemployed) of 254 Orange Street, Apartment 207, Newark, NJ on drug and weapons charges, and BRANDON WUSU (9/16/98; single; unemployed) of 254 Orange Street, Apartment 207, Newark, NJ on ID theft and money laundering charges. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.
On May 3, 2022, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that IBRAHIM ASARE was transporting bulk amounts of suspected marijuana and multiple firearms through Bergen County. During this investigation, a search was conducted on the defendant’s vehicle in Carlstadt, NJ that revealed approximately two pounds of suspected marijuana, two handguns, hollow point ammunition, and a large capacity magazine. ASARE was arrested at the scene of the search without incident.
A warranted search of ASARE’s residence revealed a fifty-round ammunition drum, a twenty-four-round high capacity magazine, a seventeen-round high capacity magazine, multiple fraudulent identifications, counterfeit credit cards, fraudulent checks, and approximately $12,500.00. ASARE’s roommate, BRANDON WUSU, was also arrested at the scene without incident.
IBRAHIM ASARE was charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5; second-degree possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug offense, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1; third-degree possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in a quantity greater than one ounce but less than 5 pounds, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)11(b); fourth-degree possession of hollow point bullets, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3f; and fourth-degree possession of a high capacity magazine, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j.
ASARE was charged in Essex County by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office with three counts of fourth-degree possession of a high capacity magazine, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j. ASARE was remanded to the Bergen County Jail and is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.
BRANDON WUSU was charged with third-degree money laundering, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25a; and fourth-degree possessing identifying information of another, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17-3(a), and was released on a summons complaint by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Prosecutor Mark Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Additionally, Prosecutor Musella would like to thank the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office as well as the Newark Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.