Police: Secaucus drug bust yield 4 pounds of marijuana, $1,700 in cash


A drug bust by the Secaucus Police Department yesterday yielded four pounds of marijuana, $1,700 in cash and one ounce of cocaine, authorities said. 

From left to right: Alexander Garcia, Luis Garcia-Balcalao and Ashley Rivera.
From left to right: Alexander Garcia, Luis Garcia-Balcalao and Ashley Rivera.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On November 21, members of the Secaucus Police Department conducted a search of the
second floor and basement apartments of 284 Lincoln Ave. after a three-month investigation, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller.

As a result of this search, Alexander Garcia, 30, Luis Garcia-Bacalao, 26 and Ashley Rivera 25, all of Secaucus, were arrested. Additionally, Ana Molina, 32, of Huntington Station, NY was also charged, officials said.

During a search of the residence, over four pounds of suspected marijuana, marijuana vapor oils, and edible marijuana candy were seized. Furthermore, approximately one ounce of suspected cocaine, packaged for street sale, was also seized, police said.

Over $1,700 in suspected drug proceeds were confiscated as well.

“The diligent follow up to complaints received are a priority for the Secaucus Police Department. We will continue to investigate and inhibit any drug distribution operation within the town,” Police Chief Kevin Flaherty said in a statement.

Garcia, Garcia-Bacalao and Rivera were all charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of Shetik Field, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine, officials said.

Garcia was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and Rivera was accused of resisting arrest.

All of the aforementioned defendants were lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

However, Molina was charged with possession of marijuana and released on a summons, police said.

Flaherty also thanked the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for the assistance of their K-9 Unit.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information 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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