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FOREMAN AT PORT NEWARK CONTAINER TERMINAL SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF ASSAULT FIREARM, A LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINE, A HANGUN WITHOUT THE PROPER PERMIT, A MACHETE, AND COCAINE

March 7, 2017

Today, the Commission issued a Notice of Hearing and suspended longshoreman Peter Law Jr., a foreman at Port Newark Container Terminal, as a result of his arrest on February 22, 2017, in Monroe Township, New Jersey, on multiple weapons charges, a drug possession charge, and simple assault. The Notice of Hearing alleges that Law’s presence at the piers or other waterfront terminals in the Port of New York district represents a danger to the public peace or safety for the following reasons:

  1. He possessed an assault firearm with a large capacity ammunition magazine, as a result of which, he was charged with Unlawful Possession of an Assault Firearm (a crime of the second degree), Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine (a crime of the fourth degree), and Violation of the Regulatory Provision Relating to Firearms (a crime of the fourth degree);

  2. He knowingly obtained a .40 cal handgun without obtaining the proper permits, as a result of which, he was charged with Violation of the Regulatory Provision Relating to Firearms (a crime of the fourth degree);

  3. He possessed a machete, as a result of which, he was charged with Possession of a Weapon (a crime of the fourth degree);

  4. He knowingly or purposely possessed, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or its analog (cocaine), as a result of which, he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (a crime of the third degree); and

  5. He purposely, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to a victim, as a result of which, he was charged with Simple Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. § 2C:12-1a(1) (a disorderly persons offense).

The Commission temporarily suspended Law’s registration as a longshoreman pending the outcome of an Administrative Hearing. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the criminal matter.

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