A Bayonne man was busted with cocaine, heroin, $2,000 cash, and a semi-automatic handgun after he tried to flee from police who were questioning him about selling drugs, authorities said.
Daouda Coulibaly, 24, of Bayonne, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer,
obstruction of a governmental function, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, possession of a large-capacity magazine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a narcotic offense, and five other drug-related offenses, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
Coulibaly was taken into custody at about 3:27 p.m. yesterday from the area of 53rd Street and Broadway. While conducting an investigation into the sale of narcotics by Coulibaly, officers observed and spoke with him in the area of East 53rd Street.
During the investigation, Coulibaly attempted to flee on foot after being ordered by
police to stop and remain until the investigation was complete.
As officers attempted to prevent the suspect from fleeing, he repeatedly twisted his body and pulled away from the officers and, at one point, shoved an officer, causing her to fall to the ground.
Other officers on scene continued to gain control of Coulibaly as they ordered him to stop resisting arrest.
They were ultimately able to bring him to the ground, but while there, Coulibaly laid on his hands as he attempted to reach for an object concealed in his waistband. Officers were
immediately able to observe a black handgun in his waistband and take possession of it.
Coulibaly continued to resist arrest, but officers were able to secure him in handcuffs without further incident.
The arrest and search incident to arrest led to the recovery of narcotic paraphernalia, numerous vials of cocaine, a quantity of heroin, over $2,000 in suspected proceeds from drug sales, and a defaced 9mm semi-automatic handgun equipped with a laser
sight and a high capacity magazine.
The magazine was found to be fully loaded with 9mm full metal jackets bullets. During the arrest process, it was learned that Coulibaly was classified as a certain person not to possess a weapon.
Coulibaly was also found to be wanted by the Hudson County Superior Court on an active warrant, which he was processed on.
Additionally, this is the second arrest of Coulibaly by Bayonne police for narcotics distribution and possession of a handgun since January, officials said.