Police: Secaucus man charged with operating drug den after getting caught with weed, coke, steroids


A Secaucus man was charged with operating a drug distribution facility, getting busted with one pound of edible marijuana, along with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, and anabolic steroids and other illegal substances on Friday, police said.

Joseph Manzi. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On June 5th, detectives from the Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit conducted a search of 314 Sea Isle Key after a weeks-long investigation. The investigation was initiated after a resident complained of drug dealing in the area, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

As a result of this search, Joseph Manzi, 45, of Secaucus was arrested. During a search of the residence, over one pound of suspected edible marijuana candy, along with a bag of suspected marijuana, were seized.

Additionally, approximately one ounce of suspected cocaine was also seized along with packaging material, confirming the cocaine was destined for street sale. A small quantity of suspected heroin and steroids were also seized during the search, authorities said.

Furthermore, several hundred prescription legend drugs were seized, including suspected hydrocodone and Xanax. Over $1,200 in suspected drug proceeds was seized from Manzi and his residence.

Additional items seized during the search were indicative that Joseph Manzi was using the
residence to dilute and pre-package the cocaine for street sale, to further his illicit drug
distribution scheme.

“Resident complaints are a priority for the Secaucus Police Department. This arrest and seizure of this variety of drugs is evident that a partnership between the public and the police will help to inhibit drug distribution operations within the town,” Miller added.

Manzi was charged with maintaining/operating a drug production facility, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute CDS, two counts of possession of prescription drugs with intent to distribute, six counts of possession of CDS, four counts of possession of prescription drugs, possession of prescription legend drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needles, and money laundering, authorities said.

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