Police Raid Leads to Drug Bust
By Yang Seob Lim and Yasine Orion
New Brunswick police officers seized hundreds of decks of drugs and arrested nine people on Nov. 25 after investigations led them to raid two houses that were found to be a “heroin mill,” or a drug manufacturing facility.
The raid occurred when police began the investigating the shooting of a 24-year-old woman.
On Nov. 24, Brittney Holt of Trenton was shot in front of 291 Seaman St. According to a press release from the New Brunswick Police Department, witnesses saw a white Nissan fleeing the scene after several gun shots were heard fired. Police said there also was a report of a black male wearing a gray sweater running toward 289 and 291 Seaman St. Police investigators did not discover Holt at the scene, but instead found her at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she was receiving treatment for a non-life threatening wound to the head.
Ms. Holt was dropped off at the hospital by someone driving a white Nissan. The white Nissan then fled the area but was quickly located by New Brunswick police officers. The driver refused to cooperate with investigating detectives.
The investigation into the shooting led officers to 289 Seaman Street where they found and seized approximately 1,200 decks of heroin and arrested eight people allegedly involved in the drugs’ production and distribution. The search of 291 Seaman Street led to the arrest of Vance Parker, along with the seizure of a loaded handgun and approximately 155 decks of heroin.
A second vehicle, a 2005 blue Infinity, located the night of the shooting on Seaman Street, and believed to be involved in the incident was searched as well. The results of that search warrant recovered a “speed loader” (used to rapidly load a handgun with ammunition), a large amount of drug paraphernalia, and two military style bullet-resistant vests. A spent bullet, lodged in the window frame of the vehicle, was recovered as well.
Arrested at 289 Seaman St. were:
- Derrick Fuqua, 37, of New Brunswick;
- Tyquan Fuqua, 23, of New Brunswick;
- Marion Darby, 33, of New Brunswick;
- Sandra Fuqua, 50, of New Brunswick;
- Hassan Fuqua, 34, of New Brunswick;
- Raquan Fuqua, 32, of New Brunswick;
- Tyrone Fuqua, 45, of New Brunswick; and
- William Cruise, 57, of New Brunswick.
All eight were charged with: possession of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of controlled dangerous substances in a school zone, and conspiracy to maintain a drug facility and maintaining a drug manufacturing facility, police said.
In addition, police arrested Vance Parker during the raid of 291 Seaman St. Authorities discovered a loaded fire arm and 155 decks of heroin in Parker’s home. Police also found out Parker was in violation of his parole from a prior arrest.
A police report stated that Parker was charged with possession of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a controlled substance in a school zone, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun during the commission of a controlled substance offense.
Vance Parker was charged with possession of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of controlled dangerous substances in a school zone, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun during the commission of a CDS offense, and certain persons not to possess a weapon. Parker was also found to be in violation of parole from New York State.
All nine arrested remain in custody as of Dec. 4 and on $150,000, said the Middlesex County Department of Corrections Records Office.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact New Brunswick Police Detective Ray Quick at 732-745-5217.