SECAUCUS, NJ – Secaucus police say these two men were running a massive methamphetamine, GHB (the “date rape drug”) and other drugs at the many hotels in Secaucus and nearby towns in Hudson County.
In March 2022, the Secaucus Police Department, along with West New York and North Bergen PD, began their investigation into drug sales:
On April 23, Richard Rivera, 36, of North Bergen, was arrested at the Fountain Motel in North Bergen; he was wanted on an active warrant issued by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for receiving stolen property without bail, and a second warrant issued by Hoboken police.
At the time of his arrest, Rivera had more than seven ounces of suspected methamphetamine on him, police said. He also possessed an alleged amount of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and drug paraphernalia.
Then, last Wednesday, detectives from Secaucus Police searched the North Bergen home of Christopher Healey, 45, on 53rd Street in North Bergen. During the search, detectives seized over eight ounces of suspected methamphetamine, over twenty ounces of suspected GHB, as well as suspected cocaine, Xanax, Adderall, Percocet, Viagra, Clonazapm, ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms, oxycodone and about three pounds of marijuana.
Several hundred dollars in cash and a stun gun were also found.
“Vice activity will not be tolerated in our local hotels and the Secaucus Police Department will continue to work with our law enforcement counterparts to root out criminals who come to Secaucus solely to conduct their illicit activities,” said Chief Dennis Miller. “I would like to commend the diligent and collaborative investigative efforts of the detectives involved in this investigation, particularly my Crime Unit, under the guidance of Detective Sergeant Matthew Ford. I would also like to thank the North Bergen and West New York Police Departments for their cooperation during this investigation.
North Bergen Police Chief Peter Fasilis also said:
“Drug activity and other criminal behavior in our local motels not only negatively impacts the people who stay there, but also affects the quality of life in our community. We are committed to working with our partners law enforcement officials to interdict this type of activity and I am proud of the inter-agency cooperation that led to these arrests,”
“Our department is fully engaged with our law enforcement partners throughout the county and will continue to work diligently with all levels of law enforcement to suppress criminal activity. I commend the Secaucus Police Department for this investigation and the West New York Crime Unit for their participation,” West New York Deputy Chief Alejandro DeRojas said.