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Convicted Felon Involved in 2 Shootings, Firearm Possession and Intent to Distribute Heroin Sentenced Following HSI Newark Investigation

Release Date: June 3, 2024

NEWARK, N.J. — An Essex County man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on May 31 for his involvement in two shootings and firearm and drug charges following an investigation led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark in collaboration with local and federal partners.

Antoine Hawkins, 31, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden at the District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark.

“The sentencing of Antoine Hawkins is the culmination of an incredible partnership between HSI Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark Department of Public Safety and Drug Enforcement Administration,” said HSI Newark acting Special Agent in Charge William S. Walker. “We are dedicated to supporting our New Jersey law enforcement community in our staunch effort to protect our streets from the dangerous flow of illicit drugs and violent acts. I’m proud of HSI Newark’s special agents and the criminal analysts who provided significant information necessary to ensure justice could be served in this case.”

According to the investigation, on Aug. 18, 2020, video surveillance footage depicted Hawkins as he fired a gun on a Newark street, striking a victim who survived the shooting. Hawkins was also identified as the perpetrator of another shooting in Newark on Aug. 13, 2020, and cartridge casings from the locations of both shootings were a ballistics match.

On Sept. 16, 2020, law enforcement encountered Hawkins and observed what appeared to be a firearm in his jacket. A subsequent search revealed a 9-mm pistol, which was loaded in an extended magazine containing 19 rounds of ammunition.

A search warrant executed at Hawkins’ residence revealed 626 glassine envelopes containing heroin, three 9-mm magazines and other items.

In addition to the prison term, Hayden sentenced Hawkins to three years of supervised release.

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Last Updated: 06/03/2024
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