Prior felon arrested with 2 handguns, cocaine near school FREE TO GO under NJ Bail Reform

A prior felon, convicted of weapons charges in 2013, was arrested again for possession of two handguns and cocaine – now FREE TO GO under the NJ Bail Reform Act.

Jersey City, NJ – Leshawn Alston, 40, was charged with possession of two guns and 85 grams of cocaine after an investigation and surveillance by law enforcement.

The investigation also uncovered a digital scale, sandwich bags, and numerous empty vials and caps typically used for the distribution of drugs. His arrest came within 1000 feet of School 20, located near Ocean Avenue in Jersey City.

In 2013, Alston pleaded quilty to possession of a weapon and was sentenced to 3 years.

After his arrest, Alston was released and FREE TO GO under NJ Bail Reform after the Arnold Foundation’s “Pretrial Risk Assessment” tool determined he was not a danger to the community or a flight risk and therefore should not be subject to any accountable release – just a “promise” to appear.

The release is yet another example of the thousands of unaccountable and FREE TO GO pretrial releases for those criminally charged under the NJ Bail Reform Act.

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Jersey City felon busted on gun and drug charges: police

(reported by – Mar 30 2018)

A 40-year-old Jersey City man is facing charges related to two guns and 85 grams of cocaine following his arrest on Wednesday, officials said.

Leshawn Alston, of Eastern Parkway, is charged with two counts each of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in regard to two handguns, the criminal complaint says.

He is also charged with possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a weapon while committing a drug offense and receiving stolen property regarding one of the guns, the complaint says.

Alston is also charged with possession of 85 grams and three vials of cocaine, as well as distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of School 20, located at 239 Ocean Avenue, and within 500 feet of public property, the complaint says.

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