Four firearms, heroin seized as result of narcotics investigation

A Plainfield man was arrested and four handguns and a significant quantity of heroin were seized as the result of a narcotics investigation that culminated late last week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Tyleek Boyce, 36, is charged with second-degree hindering apprehension, three second-degree drug offenses, five second-degree weapons offenses, third-degree destruction of evidence, third-degree receiving stolen property, two third-degree drug offenses, fourth-degree possession of a large-capacity magazine, fourth-degree possession of hollow-point bullets, and fourth-degree possession of a police scanner.

A joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) led to the issuance of a search warrant executed Friday at Boyce’s home on the 900 block of West Third Street in Plainfield by the Union County Emergency Response Team (UCERT) S.W.A.T. Unit. 

Upon the Unit entering the building, Boyce allegedly threw a loaded 9mm handgun out of his window and attempted to flush a quantity of heroin down his toilet prior to being apprehended. A subsequent search of the residence resulted in the seizure of a loaded .38-caliber revolver, a .45-caliber handgun, and a second 9mm handgun reported stolen out of Georgia earlier this month, as well as hollow-point bullets, a ballistic vest, a high-capacity gun magazine, a digital scale, various forms of drug paraphernalia, materials used for packaging heroin, a police radio scanner, 20 bricks of heroin, and approximately 80 grams of additional unpackaged heroin, drugs with a total estimated street value of approximately $70,000.

Boyce was transported to the Union County Jail pending a detention hearing.

The Prosecutor’s Office would like to thank the Plainfield Police Division, UCERT S.W.A.T. Unit, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and DEA for their assistance in this investigation.

Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.