Police: Man caught with handgun, cocaine after dispute with woman in Secaucus hotel


A Guttenberg man was caught with a handgun, hollow-point bullets, and cocaine after a dispute with a woman inside a Secaucus hotel, police said.

Pedro Sarkis-Farah Laporte. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 4:29 p.m. on Monday, March 2nd, Secaucus police responded to the Red
Roof Inn, 15 Meadowland Parkway, on a report of a fight in progress whereby one of the men involved brandished a handgun, according to Police Chief Dennis Miller.

Upon arrival, police detained Pedro Sarkis-Farah Laporte and a woman who were occupying one of the hotel rooms.

In plain view within the room, they observed an undisclosed quantity of suspected cocaine and a semi-automatic handgun. Along with the handgun was a high-capacity magazine loaded with hollow point bullets.

Sarkis-Farah Laporte, 23 of Guttenberg was charged with unlawful possession of a
weapon, unlawful possession of handgun ammunition, possession of hollow point bullets, and possession of a high-capacity magazine, officials said.

He was also found to have active warrants from Bergen County, West New York and North Bergen.

The 25-year-old woman, who was unnamed by authorities, of Union City was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. She was also found to have an active warrant from Union City, police said.

They were both taken to the Hudson County Jail pending their appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court. These charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“As the new Chief of Police, I am thankful that no officer or civilian was injured,” Miller added.

“Also, I will be committing resources of the Secaucus Police Department to proactively address the vice activity committed by a small group of the transient patrons at some of our local hotels.”

Anyone with information regarding any suspicious activity at any hotel in Secaucus can contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or detectivedivsion@secaucus.net, all calls will be kept confidential.

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  1. why was ‘nt the woman charged with the firearms? The man was . Was was the woan not identified? She was arrested and her name should be out there.