Secaucus, Union City Police Departments team up to make joint narcotics arrest


The Secaucus and Union City Police Departments teamed up to make a joint narcotics arrest after a two-month long investigation, authorities said.

Darryl Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Secaucus Police Anti-Crime Unit developed information that Darryl Rodriguez, also known as “Pharaoh,” a Union City resident, was supplying a variety of drugs to Secaucus residents, said Police Chief Dennis Miller.

As a result of this information, the Secaucus Police Anti-Crime Unit and the Union City Police Department’s Quality of Life Unit collaboratively conducted a narcotics investigation.

At the culmination of a two-month long investigation, Rodriguez was arrested and a search of his 39th Street apartment was conducted.

During a search of the apartment, over 25 pounds of suspected edible marijuana candy, along with over 8 pounds of suspected marijuana were seized. Over 1.5 pounds of suspected THC Oil along with over 400 THC Oil Vape Cartridges were also seized.

Also, 135 suspected Adderall pills, over 600 pills of suspected Xanax, and a quantity of Psilocybin Mushrooms was seized, along with $28,874.00 in cash and a stun gun.

Additional items seized during the search were indicative that Rodriguez was using the residence to grow mushrooms and convert marijuana into THC Oil for street sale, to further his illicit drug distribution scheme, police said.

“As I stated in my promotional speech, the Secaucus Police Department will work collaboratively with outside law enforcement agencies to pursue and apprehend criminals that affect the quality of life of the residents of Secaucus,” added Miller.

“The ongoing partnership between the Union City and Secaucus Police Departments will help to inhibit drug distribution operations within the town.”

Union City Police Chief Nichelle Luster also spoke highly of the partnership.

“Those that engage in criminal conduct are not hampered by jurisdictional boundaries. As such, operations like this are imperative in combating illegal activity. Working together with our law enforcement partners and our community, we foster better relationships, build trust and enhance public safety for all,” she said.

Rodriguez was charged with two counts of maintaining/operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute CDS, four counts of possession of CDS, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute CDS within 500 feet of Public Housing, possession of prescription legend drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute, possession of a weapon while committing a CDS offense, and money laundering.

After being processed, Rodriguez was lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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