Police: New York man caught with handgun, drugs after welfare check at Secaucus hotel


A New York man was caught with a handgun and several drugs after a Secaucus hotel called the local police for a welfare check, Chief Dennis Miller said.

Inset photo of Sean McDermott courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department, background photo of the Harmony Suites Hotel via booking.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at about 5:25 p.m., the Secaucus Police Department responded to the Harmony Suites Hotel, located at 455 Plaza Drive, on a welfare check of a patron, Miller said in a statement.

Sean McDermott, 33, of South Hampton, NY was found to be in possession of a pipe, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and was arrested. It was also discovered that he had an outstanding warrant from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Members of the Secaucus Police Patrol and Detective Divisions along with the Anti-Crime Unit executed a search warrant of McDermott’s hotel room.

During the search, over 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine, over 30 pills of ecstasy, heroin, and suspected gamma hydroxybutrate (GHB) were seized.

Additionally, several hundred dollars in suspected drug proceeds and a .177 caliber Tanfoglio Witness 1911 semi-automatic CO2 handgun were seized along with additional drug paraphernalia.

“This arrest was a direct result of the partnership this police department has made with hotel staff, but also because of the cohesive and coordinated work of our patrol and investigative personnel,” Miller said in a statement.

“I am extremely proud of and thankful for the proactive work being put forth by members of my department. Their efforts will continue so we can eradicate these transient crimes from occurring in Secaucus.”

McDermott was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous
substance, possession of CDS (GHB), possession of CDS with the intent to distribute (methamphetamine), possession with the intent to distribute (ecstasy), possession of drug paraphernalia, money laundering, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense, and certain persons not to have weapons.

McDermott was processed before being lodged at the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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