Police: Man arrested at Hoboken Housing Authority for drugs, loaded handgun


A man was arrested at a Hoboken Housing Authority building last night after being caught with heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and a loaded handgun, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Thomas Steed, 27, of Hoboken, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, certain persons not to have weapons possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, possessing a weapon while committing narcotic offenses, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (crack cocaine) within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin) within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and to distribute heroin, possession to distribute those drugs within 1,000 feet of a school zone, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and defiant trespassing, according to Police Det. Sgt. Jonathan Mecka.

At approximately 930 p.m. yesterday, the Hoboken Police Department responded to the area of 3rd Street and Marshall Drive on the report of a man with a gun.

As a result, the following Hoboken police officers responded to the area: Lt. Ranaldo Gonzalez, Officers William Bullock, Marco Grossman, Nick Valerius, Michael Aviles, Harold Milne, James Barbro, Enrico Gnassi, and Det. Sgt. William Collins, as well as Dets. Michael Losurdo, David DiMartino, and Paul Quinn.

Upon arriving, they approached a man, later identified as Steed. While speaking with Steed, Collins observed the outline of a gun on his person.

Shortly thereafter, Steed was arrested and a five-shot revolver, a USA Charter arms undercover .38 special, was recovered.

Additionally, during the search incident to arrest of Steed’s property, officers recovered the aforementioned drugs and an undisclosed amount of cash. Once complete, Steed was transported to police headquarters where he was processed, authorities said.