Police: Three arrested in Hoboken after police witness crack cocaine, heroin deals


Three people were arrested in Hoboken after police witnessed crack cocaine and heroin deals on Wednesday, where one suspect allegedly attempted to swallow evidence.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Armando Roman 41, of Hoboken, has been charged with possession with intent to sell a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of CDS within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession of CDS within 500 feet of public housing, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest, according to Police Det. Sgt. Jonathan Mecka.

Additionally, Kelly Gama, 48, of Union City, was charged with possession of CDS, with Michael Samboy, 50, of Jersey City, was charged with possession of CDs and processed for four open warrants.

On Wednesday at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Hoboken Police Department Detective Bureau conducted an investigation in the area of 3rd and Marshall Drive.

During that time, they observed Roman sell suspected drugs to Gama. After they witnessed the sale, detectives were able to stop both individuals shortly after.

During the on-scene investigation both were placed under arrest for their part in the distribution of what is believed to be crack cocaine. While approaching Roman, he attempted to walk away and while doing so tried to consume evidence.

While officers placed him under arrest he lunged to a nearby car where he spit narcotics into the vehicle.

During search incident to arrest, detectives recovered wax folds which is believed to contain heroin, a capsule with what appeared to be crack cocaine, and plastic baggies with what appeared to be crack cocaine.

Both individuals were transported to headquarters where they were processed on the aforementioned charges.

Right around the same time, detectives also witnessed another drug transaction involving two men. Detectives were only able to stop Samboy. During the on-scene investigation, he was placed under arrest and was found to be in possession of suspected heroin.

Once processed he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, police said.

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