30 suspected marijuana plants and eight guns, including an “assault firearm,” were recovered from an apartment at the Harmon Cove Towers in Secaucus over the weekend, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Adrian C. Taylor II, 36 and Ravenojoy Leigertwood, 36, both of Secaucus, were hit with a multitude of charges including maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession with intent to distribute, possession of firearms while committing a controlled dangerous substance offense, possession of an assault firearm and possession of a defaced firearm, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller.
Additionally, both were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, since the loaded handguns and the marijuana grow were accessible to a child, authorities said.
On Saturday June 25, members of the Secaucus Police Department conducted a search of 1701 Harmon Cove Towers and dismantled a sophisticated marijuana growing operation where a cache of firearms, including an â€œassault firearm,â€ were seized, officials said.
During a search of the residence over thirty suspected marijuana plants, which were being grown hydroponically, were seized within the residence. One bedroom of the unit was turned into a growing room where the suspected marijuana plants where brought through the various stages of the growing process for cultivation, police said.
During a further search of the residence numerous loaded handguns, were also seized. One of the weapons was a MAC 11 9 mm, characterized as an â€œassault firearmâ€ by officials.
The handguns consisted of a Ruger .40 caliber defaced handgun, MP .25 caliber handgun, two Bersa .380 caliber handguns, Glock 17 9mm handgun, Stallard Arms 9mm handgun and a Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, authorities said.
â€œThe safety of the residents of Secaucus and diligent follow up to complaints received are a priority for the Secaucus Police Department. We will continue to investigate and inhibit any drug distribution operation within the town,â€ Police Chief Kevin Flaherty said in a statement.
Additionally, Flaherty thanked the Hudson County Sheriffâ€™s Office for their assistance in this investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing and is being worked in collaboration with the Hudson County Prosecutorâ€™s Office under the auspices of Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
Anyone with additional information on Adrian C. Taylor II or Ravenojoy Leigertwood can contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or email@example.com, where all communications will be kept confidential.