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Fugitive Sought After Guns Found in Teaneck Home, Prosecutor Says

Man accused of shooting at vehicle near Route 4.

An alleged Teaneck drug dealer accused of shooting at a vehicle near Route 4 early Sunday was arrested this week while authorities search for his associate, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday night.

Prosecutor’s Office detectives began investigating Durelle Whitening and his neighbor Anthony Trumpet this month for peddling illegal drugs, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement.

County investigators met on Monday with Teaneck police who had been eyeing Whitening as the gunman in the weekend incident, Molinelli said. Undercover detectives bought crack cocaine and marijuana from the two, Molinelli said.

The undercover buys and shooting investigation led authorities to obtain search warrants for Trumpet and Whitening’s Cedar Lane apartments.

Molinelli said Whitening had been living with Trumpet for several weeks.

During a search of Trumpet’s apartment, investigators found a defaced sawed-off shotgun with pistol grip, a .25 caliber revolver, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and ammunition for the weapons, according to Molinelli.

A handgun and ammunition was found in Whitening’s home, the prosecutor said.

Just before 5 a.m. Sunday, police said Whitening pulled a gun and fired at a female victim’s vehicle near Congress Avenue and Route 4. Township police found a fragmented bullet in the victim’s vehicle, which was processed by forensics investigators from the sheriff’s office.

Whitening, 28, faces charges including aggravated assault and illegal weapons possession for that incident. He was also charged with cocaine and marijuana distribution in the county drug probe. Combined bail was set at $150,000, with no ten percent option.

Trumpet, 31, was also charged with drug and weapons offenses. He remains at large.

 

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Keith Kaplan September 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM
We should really make it illegal for drug dealers to have guns. It can be dangerous.
shimon baum September 13, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Some of more of Teaneck's finest citizens.
vic September 13, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I'm sure the guns recovered were not legally purchased. Any felony on record automatically denies you the right to own a firearm.
shimon baum September 14, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Good thing we make it so hard to get guns here. Really seems to be working.
John Santaella September 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
It is ever increasing taxes that forces people who have legal guns to sell them to criminals so that they can pay their taxes. No?

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