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Supervisor of Grotto Pizza charged with promoting cocaine on the restaurant flooring

Employees Reporter

Michael Gordon-Somers, supervisor of Grotto Pizza, was arrested Feb. 23 by Newark Police for a slew of drug-related fees, along with a cost of driving on a revoked license. 

Gordon-Somers, 40 from Elkton, Maryland, was charged with possession with intent to ship cocaine, 4 counts of drug dealing, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has since been launched on his personal recognizance. 

In keeping with courtroom paperwork, Gordon-Somers admitted to utilizing the parking heaps behind and throughout from Grotto Pizza to conduct a number of drug offers over the previous two years and to take medicine himself. 

Throughout an unrelated drug investigation, Newark Police labored with a cooperating witness who bought cocaine from a vendor. The cooperating witness discovered that the vendor needed to go to Essential Avenue to accumulate the cocaine and handed this info to the police. 

The Newark Police Division was in a position to observe the exercise of the vendor again to Lot 2, the parking zone throughout the road from Grotto Pizza, the place police noticed an interplay between Gordon-Somers and the alleged vendor.  

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Authorities started an investigation on Gordon-Somers final October, after they acquired a tip figuring out Gordon-Somers as a distributor of cocaine with the desire to promote to fellow Grotto Pizza staff and prospects on the restaurant flooring. 

“After they started to analyze the tip utilizing totally different surveillance strategies, they zeroed in on him as a suspect,” Andrew Rubin, lieutenant on the Newark Police Division, advised The Evaluate. 

Final December, police surveilled Gordon-Somers buying cocaine from who they presumed to be a vendor. 

They continued this investigation into January. Police had been in a position to observe a number of interactions between Gordon-Somers and different unidentified topics the place one thing was handed hand-to-hand, which is in keeping with drug-related exercise, in keeping with courtroom paperwork. 

Appearing on suspicion that Gordon-Somers was concerned with drug exercise, in February, the Newark Police Division Avenue Crimes Unit (SCU) arrange complete surveillance within the space round Lot 1, Lot 2 and on East Essential Avenue close to Grotto Pizza. 

“They noticed him interact in 4 totally different deliveries of cocaine over the course of the investigation,” Rubin stated. “As soon as that was performed, they received a search warrant and stopped his automobile.” 

The SCU performed a automobile site visitors cease, throughout which they discovered that Gordon-Somers’ license was revoked. In keeping with courtroom paperwork, after looking the automobile, they discovered a complete of 23.1 grams of cocaine separated into smaller luggage, along with plastic and nylon luggage synonymous with the drug commerce. 

Since then, Gordon-Somers’ employment at Grotto Pizza has been suspended, the Newark Submit reported. With reference to who Gordon-Somers was acquiring the cocaine from, Rubin declined to remark, because the Newark Police Division’s investigation remains to be ongoing.