Raid on Lawrence Home Nets Drugs, Two Arrests

Quantities of ecstasy, steroids and marijuana, along with cash, syringes and other drug paraphernalia, were allegedly seized and two Lawrence Township men arrested when the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office raided a home on Huron Way.

A two-month investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit culminated Wednesday afternoon (July 11) with the raid of a home on Huron Way in Lawrence Township and the arrest of two Lawrence Township men on drug possession and distribution charges.

Hammad Bashir, a 31-year-old resident of the house on Huron Way, and Lawrence Wong, 29, of the 200 block of Federal City Road, were identified by the prosecutor’s office as the men who were arrested.

Allegedly found in the house during the 3:30 p.m. raid, according to Assistant Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, were 42 grams of ecstasy (24 grams in powder form, and 18 grams in pill form), eight ½-ounce vials of assorted steroids, 160 empty pill capsules, 52 syringes, four grams of marijuana and $3,200 in cash.

As a result of those findings, Bashir was charged with possession of ecstasy, possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of steroids (four counts), possession of steroids with intent to distribute (two counts), and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Onofri.

“He [Bashir] was manufacturing ecstasy pills in the home,” Onofri said, adding that the ecstasy that was seized Wednesday had a street value of about $3,000.

Wong, meanwhile, was allegedly found with 25 grams of marijuana and was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Onofri said.

Wong was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon because he was also allegedly found with a police-type expandable baton, and $700 in cash was confiscated from him, according to Onofri.

While Wong was released on his own recognizance following his arrest, Bashir was sent to the Mercer County Correction Center in lieu of $150,000 bail, Onofri said.

Onofri said the two-month investigation by the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, under the command of Lt. Michael Novembre, was the result of “citizen complaints” about suspected criminal activity at the house on Huron Way.

Assisting with the investigation and raid were officers from Lawrence, Hamilton and Ewing townships and also the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

Lawrence Township property records show the house on Huron Way is owned by Qareeb and Rajeeyah Bashir, neither of whom has been charged with any crime. Qareeb Bashir, a retired battalion chief with the Trenton Fire Department, currently works as the civilian director of the fire department in Trenton.

Jersey Teapot-Party July 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Big waste of money busting non violent people!
The Only Sane Person July 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Having known Lawrence from high school, I think we can all admit that we are surprised it took this long for him to be arrested. And "Jersey Teapot-Party", I'd agree that we shouldn't be prosecuting non-violent USERS (and instead focusing on education as a means of prevention), but I'm guessing that you might be upset if the drug SELLER/MANUFACTURER'S meth lab next door to your house/apartment/soapbox blew up.
Jersey Teapot-Party July 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM
good point, however the primary reason people do meth is because it is easier and cheaper than pot. what if we put everybody in jail for what "could happen" or "suspected" and used guilt by association as our evidence? i used to live below a drunk that used to beat his wife as she screamed for help. i hated it and called the cops and the lady got mad at me and in the end it did more harm than good. no i wouldnt want a meth lab or pot grower next to me, but i also believe in property rights which we are afforded by the constitution but no longer have in the US. Just because a few meth labs blow up doesnt mean they all do, if they did it all the meth users would be dead and we wouldnt have to arrest them. Owners should be able to do what they want on their own property as long as they don't harm others and afford others the same equal rights. if it were legal it wouldn't be anywhere near as dangerous it is the prohibition that creates the danger, risk and enhanced profits. ending prohibition will reduce harm instead of increasing harm as we are doing currently.


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