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Drug bust nets alleged crack, prescriptions

Members of the Hoboken Police Department’s anti-vice unit executed a search warrant on a Hudson Street apartment last weekend that resulted in two arrests and the seizure of significant amounts of alleged crack cocaine, prescription medications, and marijuana, according to a police report.

Officers arrested Sherod Smith, 27, and Barbara Arias, 40, at Arias’ apartment on the 1200 block of Hudson Street. After searching the apartment for illegal narcotics, they charged both suspects with 16 counts of drug possession, including 13 counts of possession with intent to distribute and four counts of possession within 500 feet of Shipyard Park.

The search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation, said the report. When Arias opened the door for the officers around 6:30 p.m., the officers immediately smelled marijuana, and handcuffed Arias on the spot, said the report. They located Smith on the couch inside and detained him as well.

Police reported they found four bags of marijuana, 35 Endocets, six Cyclobenzaprine, and one Zyprexa in Arias’ kitchen, according to the report. The report also noted that in the living room, they located 75 bags of crack cocaine, and in the bedroom they found more marijuana, 51 Anavars, two Sulindacs, and four Glipizides.

A K-9 police dog brought in afterwards found no additional narcotics. Along with the drugs, police confiscated Arias and Smith’s iPhones and approximately $400 in cash. A scale, razor blade, and knife containing drug residue were also confiscated, said the report.

Two charged with assaulting cabbie

Two New York men were arrested at Hoboken Terminal and issued simple assault summonses recently after they allegedly punched a cab driver repeatedly in the face, according to a police report.

Alex Cruz, 23, of Suffern and Eric Garcia, 23, of Hillburn were arrested on Nov. 17 after a Hoboken cab driver identified them to police officers as men who had allegedly assaulted him earlier that evening over a payment method, the report said.

Police responded to the cab driver’s report of an assault on River Street around 2:20 a.m. but by the time they arrived on the scene, the suspects had fled toward the riverfront and could not be located. The cabbie described them to police, the report said, and refused medical attention.

Later, the driver called police and said he saw the men at the PATH Train, where they were issued their summonses. They were released because neither had a previous criminal record.

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