Hoboken police break up attempted heroin deal at housing authority building

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Two men were arrested in Hoboken last week after police detectives caught them trying to make a heroin deal at a housing authority building, authorities said. 

Hoboken police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Javier Jimenez, 39, of Hoboken, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of CDS with intent to distribute in a school zone, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing and defiant trespass, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Additionally, David Romero, no age or address given, was charged with being a fugitive from Justice (Pennsylvania), hindering apprehension, defiant trespass and two counts of bail jumping, police said.

On Friday around 4:50 p.m., while in the area of 3rd and Jackson Streets, Hoboken police detectives noticed Jimenez enter the lobby of 310 Jackson St. As they followed him, they observed him meet with another male who was inside the lobby as well, officials said.

As the detectives approached, Jimenez attempted to walk away. They identified themselves and ordered him to stop. He appeared to be concealing an item in his hand which he was gripping tightly, authorities said.

The item was later determined to be six wax like folds of heroin. As a result, he was placed under arrest.

The other male, Romero, was not a resident of Hoboken Housing and was placed under arrest for defiant trespass. He then provided the detectives with a different name, which they later confirmed to be fake, police said.

Upon further investigation, he was also charged with hindering and found to be wanted out of the State of Pennsylvania. He was charged with being a fugitive from justice and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center, along with Jimenez, officials said.