Six people have been arrested for dealing drugs at the Hoboken Housing Authority by the police department’s street crimes unit this month, with an investigation spurned after receiving resident complaints.
On Friday May 6th, at approximately 9:40 p.m., Sgt. William Collins, Dets. Mark Mullins, Ryan Houghton, and Connor Milne – among other members of the the Hoboken PD’s Street Crimes Unit – conducted an investigation in the area of 3rd and Harrison Streets, according to Police Det. Lt. Jonathan Mecka.
During that time, they observed Albert Stone, 36, of Hoboken sell a suspected controlled dangerous substance to Jason Garcia, 19, of Guttenberg. After they witnessed the sale, detectives were able to stop both individuals shortly after the fact.
During the on-scene investigation Garcia was placed under arrest in the area of the 2nd Street Light Rail Station. He was in possession of wax folds believed to contain heroin, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia used to inhale CDS.
Shortly after Garcia’s arrest the detectives were able to place Stone under arrest in the area of 3rd Street and Marshall Drive.
While on-scene detectives recovered 29 wax folds of heroin, nine small plastic bags of cocaine, and a pill believed to be Oxycodone. Stone also had cash on him which was seized by the Hoboken Police Department as a nexus to his illegal drug distribution.
Albert is facing heroin, cocaine, and Oxycodone distribution charges near a school and public housing, while Garcia was charged with possession of crack cocaine, heroin, and narcotic paraphernalia.
They were both transported to headquarters where they were processed, before Stone was then transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility and Garcia was released on a summons to appear in court.
Then, on Wednesday May 11th, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the aforementioned SCU officers, among others, conducted an investigation in the area of 3rd and Harrison Streets.
During that time, they observed Frederick Ladson, 51, of Hoboken, sell a suspected CDS to Selvin Garcia, 18, of West New York.
During the on-scene investigation, both we placed under arrest for their part in the distribution of what is believed to be heroin. While on-scene detectives recovered additional wax folds of heroin from each suspect.
Ladson was charged with distributing and possessing heroin near a school and public housing, while Garcia was charged with heroin possession.
Finally, on Thursday May 12th, at approximately 6:30 p.m. the aforementioned officers, among others, conducted an investigation in the area of 3rd Street and Marshall Drive.
During that time, they observed Derrick Delacruz, 28, of Hoboken, sell suspected CDS to Edwin Rosado, 55, of Hoboken. After they witnessed the sale, detectives were able to stop both individuals shortly after however Delacruz resisted arrest by running away.
After a short foot pursuit, detectives were able to catch up to him, however Delacruz grabbed Houghton and they both fell to the floor, causing the officer to sustain a minor injury.
Once on the ground, the detectives and uniformed officers were able to safely place him under arrest. During search incident to arrest, Delacruz possessed 227 wax folds believed to be heroin and 46 small plastic bags containing what was believed to be crack cocaine.
Furthermore, Delacruz also had cash him which was seized as illegal drug proceeds, while Rosado was arrested without incident and was in possession of wax folds believed to be heroin.
Delacruz is charged with possessing and selling heroin near a school zone and public housing, as well as resisting arrest using physical force causing bodily injury to law enforcement, aggravated assault on law enforcement, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
Conversely, Rosado faces charges only for heroin possession and an open warrant.
Both were both transported to headquarters where they were processed prior to being transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.