Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit busts 2 men with 79 vials of crack cocaine

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The Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit busted two men with 79 vials of crack cocaine, as well as a small quantity of heroin, following a two-month investigation.

Jihad Shabazz and Steven Rojas. Photos courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

In May 2020, the Secaucus Police Department received complaints of drug dealing in the “North End” section of the town, according to Police Chief Dennis Miller.

Detectives from the SPD ACU conducted surveillance of the area and following a two-month long investigation, two men were arrested in the case.

Yesterday at 9:06 p.m., the the unit observed Jihad Shabazz and Steven Rojas in the area of Route 3 East. Following a traffic stop and search of Shabazz’s vehicle, detectives seized 79 vials of suspected crack cocaine and a small quantity of suspected heroin.

Shabazz, 23 of West New York, and Rojas, 19 of Jersey City were both arrested.

At the time of their arrest, a small amount of cash was seized, which was believed to be proceeds from a nefarious source. Rojas was also found with an additional five vials of suspected crack cocaine on him.

Shabazz and Rojas were each charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute (cocaine), possession of CDS with the intent to distribute cocaine within 500 feet of a park and two counts of possession of CDS.

They were then both processed and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

“Resident complaints are a priority for the Secaucus Police Department. These arrests are a direct result of the partnership between the public and the police,” Miller said.

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

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