Hoboken police recover 90 bags of heroin while pursuing two men trespassing at HHA


The Hoboken Police Department recovered 90 bags of heroin during an incident where they were pursuing two men trespassing at a housing authority building, officials said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Michael Hosein, 31, of East Orange, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances (heroin), possession of CDS (heroin) within 1,000 feet of a public school, possession within 500 feet of public property, resisting arrest, obstruction, possession of CDS paraphernalia and defiant trespass, according to Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Additionally, Albert Morales, 28, of Jersey City, was charged with defiant trespass, police said.

Yesterday around 7:31 p.m., while patrolling the Hoboken housing area, Officers Sam Williams and Ryan Houghton observed Hosein enter 320 Jackson St. Hosein is not a resident of the Housing Authority and had been warned in the past about trespassing on housing property, authorities said.

The officers entered the building to conduct a check when they observed Hosein and another male, Morales, now exiting the building. Aware both males were trespassing, they ordered them to stop, officials said.

Morales complied, while Hosein ignored their commands and fled the scene. A brief foot chase occurred and he was apprehended a short distance away in the area of 301 Jackson St. by Officers Luke Zezsotarski – with the assistance of Officer William Bullock.

Prior to stopping Hosein, they observed him discard several items later determined to be 80 bags of suspected heroin, police said.

A check of his person also found him to be in possession of an additional 10 bags of suspected heroin, along with over $300 dollars in cash. In total, over 90 bags of suspected heroin were seized from Hosein with a street value of over $700, authorities said.

A warrant complaint was generated and he was later remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center, while Morales was given a summons for trespassing and released, officials said.