Paterson resident David Barretto, 33, was arrested in Hoboken on Thursday Aug. 10 at 7:01 p.m. and charged with hindering apprehension, possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and two outstanding warrants.
Detectives Christine Collins and John Quinones were patrolling the area of Fifth and Madison streets when they saw Barretto allegedly peering into garages and vestibules. According to the police press release, the area has “numerous burglaries and thefts.”
The officers followed Barretto, believing he was also allegedly loitering in the Hoboken Housing Authority Complex.
Based on Barretto’s activity the officers identified themselves as police and stopped him. While speaking with Barretto he allegedly gave conflicting stories regarding his whereabouts and allegedly gave a fake name. Once the officers learned his real name he was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrants.
He allegedly had two glass pipes, a hypodermic needle, and one “wax fold containing a white powdery substance” believed to be heroin. He was transported to Hoboken Police Department for processing and then remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
Three arrested during alleged drug use
Two Hoboken residents and one Jersey City resident were arrested on drug-related charges on Sunday Aug. 6 at 10:18 p.m.
Hoboken residents Brittany Gwinnett, 28, Crystal Rodriguez, 29, and Jersey City resident Brandon Eckhardt were charged.
According to a followup email from the police, Gwinnett was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of PCP, and four counts of bail jumping.
Rodriguez was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of PCP.
Eckhardt was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine (ecstasy), and possession of PCP.
Detectives Christine Collins, Edward Lepre, Adam Colon, and Arturo Gonzalez were on patrol when they observed the defendants in front of 619 Adams St. When the detectives drove by they noticed Gwinnett light a brown leaf cigar often used for smoking marijuana. As they got out of their car they smelled PCP. Based on their observations, the three alleged perpetrators appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
While they spoke, Rodriguez allegedly dropped a small brown cigar on the ground, which she allegedly confirmed was a “blunt” containing PCP. While the detectives spoke with Eckhardt he allegedly motioned to the officers that he had a cigarette box in his front pants pocket with a clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana dipped in PCP. He also allegedly had an ecstasy tablet. All three were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.
While at headquarters the officers discovered Gwinnett had four outstanding warrants from three different municipalities for traffic offenses, according to a police press release.
Eckhardt was charged with possession of narcotics and transported to the Hudson county correctional facility. Rodriguez was given a court date and released on a summons. And Gwinnett was given a court date and released on a summons.
Homeless man arrested for alleged drug possession
On Wednesday Aug 23 at 5:46 p.m., Hoboken homeless man Kyle Clipper, age 27, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, being under the influence, and bail jumping.
Officers Steven Albert and Robert Cuevas were patrolling the area of Sixth and Jackson streets when they saw Clipper in a slouched position. As they approached him they smelled PCP. The officers tried to ask him a few questions but Clipper was allegedly unable to answer. The officers placed him under arrest for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. At this time they found Clipper allegedly had a box containing suspected marijuana. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant from the City of Hoboken. He was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center and later released with a summons to appear in court.
Police thwart potential fight
34 year-old Hoboken resident Andre L. Wheeler was arrested on Thursday Aug. 24 at 6:25 p.m.
He was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain persons not to have weapons, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, and obstruction.
Officers Damien Bates and Dominick Allegretta observed two men in the area of Fifth and Jackson Streets who allegedly were about to fight. The officer separated the two men and Wheeler allegedly continued to charge the other man and disregarded officer’s orders to stop. At this time Bates noticed Wheeler allegedly holding an object behind his back. Officers were eventually able to allegedly retrieve a folding knife from him. he was placed under arrest and allegedly had suspected marijuana in his possession. While being processed at headquarters he was additionally charged with aggravated assault and obstruction for an alleged attempted assault on Allegreta and his refusal to be processed. He was later remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. The other man followed police orders and was sent on his way.
Man charged with marijuana possession
Hoboken resident Martin Ranko, age 24, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana on Friday Aug. 25 at 12:13 a.m.
Officers Brandon Fitzgibbons and Michael Straten were dispatched to the area of 314 Harrison St. on a call of loud music playing outside. The officers arrived to find a large group outside a vehicle and Ranko sitting on the ground. The officers observed Ranko allegedly opening a small plastic bag commonly used to store marijuana and allegedly attempt to hide it upon seeing the officers by placing it behind his back and then in his pocket. The officers approached Ranko, who allegedly provided evasive answers to their questions. A search found him to allegedly be in possession of a small plastic bag which contained suspected marijuana. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. He was later released on a summons with a court appearance.