Secaucus traffic stop leads to man getting busted with 120 wax folds of heroin, other drugs


A traffic stop in Secaucus led to a man getting busted with 120 wax folds of heroin, 110 capsules of crack cocaine, PCP, Ecstasy and Amoxicillin pills, as well as over $1,000 in cash, police said.

Abdul Muhammad. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 1:27 a.m., Abdul Muhammad was visiting a friend at the Alexander Hamilton Rest Area along the New Jersey Turnpike.

He then drove through Secaucus. where Police Officer Jason Mitchell observed Muhammad’s vehicle had heavily tinted windows, therefore he was stopped on County Road.

Upon stopping the vehicle, it was discovered the registration was expired and Abdul
Muhammad was driving while suspended. During the stop, drug paraphernalia was observed in plain view within the vehicle.

At that point, the suspect was ordered out of the vehicle while a search was
being conducted.

While outside the vehicle, Police Officer Gabriel Galella observed Abdul Muhammad drop a quantity of suspected heroin to the ground and he was immediately placed under arrest.

During a search incident to his arrest, Muhammad was found in possession of additional wax folds of suspected heroin.

A search of the vehicle uncovered over 110 capsules of suspected crack cocaine, suspected PCP, suspected Ecstasy pills and suspected Amoxicillin pills. In total, over 120 wax folds of suspected heroin were seized from Abdul Muhammad and his vehicle.

Additionally, a large knife and other items that were seized from the vehicle were indicative that  Muhammad possessed the drugs with the intent to distribute, along with $1,069 in  suspected drug proceeds also being seized.

“I want to commend Police Officers Mitchell and Galella for their diligence in making this arrest. Although it appears that Abdul Muhammad was just passing through Secaucus, the seizure of these illicit drugs reflects great credit upon them,” Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Muhammad, 58, of West Orange, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute over half an ounce, but less than five ounces of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to
distribute under half an ounce of heroin, four counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute, possession of a weapon while committing a CDS offense, and possession of a prescription legend drug.

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