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Two arrested for selling methamphetamine in Secaucus hotels

Richard Rivera (left) and Christopher Healey (right), images via Secaucus Police Department.

After an investigation by multiple departments in North Hudson, police arrested two local men in connection with the sale of methamphetamine in the area.

A timeline of events

In March 2022, the Secaucus Police Department’s Crime Unit opened a joint investigation with detectives from the Western New York Police Department’s Crime Unit and the North Bergen Police Department into methamphetamine which was allegedly sold in hotels in Secaucus.

On April 23, 2022, Richard Rivera, a 36-year-old man from North Bergen, was arrested by members of the Secaucus Police Department Crime Unit and the North Bergen Police Department. Rivera was arrested at the Fountain Motel in North Bergen on an active warrant issued by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for receipt of stolen property without bond and a warrant issued by Hoboken with a bond amount of $5,000.

At the time of his arrest, Rivera was charged with possession of more than seven ounces of alleged methamphetamine. He also possessed an alleged amount of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest, police said.

On June 1, 2022, detectives from the Secaucus Police Department Crime Unit and the North Bergen Police Department conducted a search of the home of 45-year-old Christopher Healey, located in the 1100 block of the 53rd Street in North Bergen.

During the search, detectives seized over eight ounces of suspected methamphetamine, over twenty ounces of suspected gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) as well as quantities of suspected cocaine, Xanax, Adderall, Percocet, Viagra, Clonazapm, Ecstasy, Psilocybin Mushrooms, Oxycodone and about three pounds of marijuana.

Several hundred dollars in cash “believed to be from nefarious acts” was also seized, according to police. A stun gun was also seized along with other items indicating methamphetamine production.

Two counts after investigation

Rivera was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, two counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of GHB and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. with the intention of distributing. Rivera remains in the Hudson County Jail.

Healey was charged with maintaining a CDS production facility, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute GHB, possession with intent to distribute psilocybin mushroom, Possession with Intent to Distribute Xanax, Possession with Intent to Distribute Adderall, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Viagra, Possession with Intent to Distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute a controlled hazardous substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to distribute a controlled hazardous substance within 500 feet of a park, possession of GHB, possession of marijuana, possession of bupropion, twelve counts of CDS possession, possession of a weapon while committing a CDS offence, possession of drug paraphernalia with the i intention to distribute and money laundering.

Healey was housed in the Hudson County Jail.

“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 Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller.

“I would like to commend the diligent and collaborative investigative efforts of the detectives who assisted in this investigation, particularly my Crime Unit, under 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.

“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,” the police chief said. of North Bergen, Peter Fasilis. “We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to interdict this type of activity and I am proud of the interagency 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,” the deputy chief of the department said. West New York, Alejandro DeRojas. “I commend the Secaucus Police Department for this investigation and the Western New York Crime Unit for their participation.

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