The owner of the 9th Cloud Vape Supply in Hoboken, recently embroiled in a freedom of speech debate after a hate speech video went viral, was arrested for marijuana possession with intent to distribute yesterday, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Joseph Ruggiero, 27, of Hoboken, was charged with Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana within 500 feet of a public park and distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, Suarez said in a statement.
Yesterday, following a brief investigation, members of the Hudson County Prosecutorâ€™s Narcotics Task Force arrested Ruggiero for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and additional narcotic related offenses, authorities said.
He was charged after a court authorized search of his residence on Garden Street in Hoboken led to the recovery of marijuana, officials said.
Suarez credited the Narcotic Task Force, and, the K-9 Unit of the Hudson County Sheriffâ€™s Office who assisted with the arrest.
In May, after a lengthy debate, the Hoboken City Council approved a measure that would allow Ruggiero to keep his vendor’s license and force him to attend anger management classes.