Police: Trio busted at Secaucus hotel with 2 handguns, heroin, meth, and cocaine


A trio was busted at a Secaucus hotel yesterday morning with 2 handguns, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and over $2,300 cash, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

From left to right: Ruben Rodriguez, Diane Rodrigues, and Danny Rivera. Photos courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 10:20 a.m., police officers from the Secaucus Police Anti-Crime Unit was patrolling the area near Extended Stay Hotel, 1 Meadowlands Parkway, where they observed a suspected drug transaction take place.

To confirm their suspicions, the officers stopped the involved 2009 Infiniti G37. In plain view inside the vehicle detectives observed a digital scale that is commonly used to weigh narcotics for street sale.

Additionally, the driver, identified as Ruben Rodriguez, 36, of Jersey City, had over $2,300 in his pants pocket. Secaucus Police K-9 “Brix” was summoned to the scene to conduct an open air sniff of the vehicle and he positively indicated to the presence of narcotics within.

During a search of the vehicle, a quantity of suspected heroin was recovered along with a Taurus 9mm handgun, a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 caliber handgun, a handgun magazine loaded .380 caliber bullets and a thirty (30) round high-capacity magazine loaded with eleven (11) 9mm bullets. Ruben Rodriguez was placed under arrest.

The passenger in the vehicle, Diane Rodrigues, 31, of Elizabeth, was also arrested and she was found in possession of a quantity of cocaine and over $400 in cash.

A search of an Extended Stay Hotel room associated with Rodriguez and Rodrigues was conducted.

During the search of the room over 35 bags of suspected heroin, an ounce of suspected methamphetamine, suspected cocaine and other evidence indicative of illicit drug distribution were seized.

Within the room at the time of the search was Danny Rivera, 43, of Jersey City who was also arrested.

Rodriguez and Rodrigues were with both charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute [2C:35-5b(3)], a separate possession charge, three counts of possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, two counts of firearm for an unlawful purpose, two counts of possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense, possession of a high-capacity magazine, possession of handgun ammunition, money laundering, and possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute.

Additionally, Rodriguez was charged with certain persons not to possess a firearm. They were both lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Furthermore, Rivera was charged with two counts of possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, three counts of possession of a CDS, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was also lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

“I praise the continuous and tireless hard work of my Anti-Crime Unit. This arrest is evidence that the Secaucus Police Department will continue to proactively police our local hotels to curtail nefarious activity,” Miller added.

“I am proud of the detectives and police officers assigned to the Anti-Crime Unit and I will continue to support them in their endeavors and their ongoing commitment to eradicate Vice activity within Secaucus.”

Tips can be made by calling (201) 330-2049, emailed to spdtips@secaucus.net or submitted anonymously through the department’s website.

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