Police: Hoboken man busted trying to sell heroin inside housing authority building

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A young Hoboken man was busted for trying to sell heroin inside a housing authority building while unknowingly being pursued by police, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Nicolas Garcia, 25, of Hoboken, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary, according to Police Det. Sgt. Joseph Leonard.

Yesterday around 5:52 p.m., Police Officers David DiMartino, William Bullock, Daniel Grossi and Marc Lombardi were conducting a quality of life check inside the building at 311 Harrison St., officials said.

DiMartino saw the arrestee, who is known not to be a resident, enter the building and take the elevator to the 5th floor. As DiMartino was using the stairs, he heard Garcia call out as if he was expecting someone, authorities said.

As the arrestee came into sight, he was observed opening a prescription bottle. Upon seeing the officer the arrestee attempted to shove the bottle into his waist band and walk away, police said.

Nevertheless, Garcia was apprehended and the bottle was found to contain 23 wax folds of suspected heroin. According to officials, he was processed and sent to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Facility.