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Alleged drug dealers apprehended

After receiving an anonymous tip about drugs being allegedly sold from a Hoboken apartment, police arrested five city residents, some of them members of the same family, on charges ranging from unlawful possession of a firearm to various drug possession charges. Detectives began investigating reports of alleged narcotics sales at all hours of the day and night inside of an apartment on Jackson Street by Randell Richardson after receiving information from the public via the police anonymous tip line at 201-420-2111.

Police with a search warrant, the Hudson County Regional Swat Team, and the Hoboken Emergency Services Unit and Investigative Bureau as well as the Hudson County sheriffs K-9 unit entered the apartment on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 31.

While inside the apartment, Randell, Cathy, and Eric Richardson were placed under arrest along with Jericka Martinez. Further investigation led them to arrest Stephen White in connection with the first arrests.

Detectives were able to locate and secure a black Taurus .380 caliber handgun and loaded magazine with hollow point bullets allegedly inside the apartment. They also found over 60 bags of alleged illegal drugs including heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana, drug paraphernalia and over $500 alleged to be proceeds from drug sales in the apartment.

Randell Richardson, age 42; Eric Richardson, age 20; Jerika Martinez, age 26; and Cathy Richardson, age 61 were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, certain persons not to possess a firearm, possession of hollow point bullets, and a variety of charges for possession of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.

Eric Richardson and Martinez were additionally charged with two counts of bail jumping.

White, 50, was charged with burglary, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“I am proud of the work that was performed by the Hoboken Police department’s Investigations Bureau that halts an operation of alleged drug distribution of multiple drugs including heroin and, most importantly, taking another illegal gun off the streets,” said Police Chief Ken Ferrante.

Artie Lange jailed again

Hoboken resident and comedian Artie Lange was jailed on Wednesday, Jan. 30 after allegedly testing positive for cocaine and morphine.

Lange is best known as a regular on the Howard Stern show and for the HBO series “Crashing.”

He has long battled drug addiction and was sentenced to four-years probation on June 1 in State Superior Court after pleading guilty to possession of heroin in December 2017,  after he was arrested the previous May.

The comedian reported to drug court at state Superior Court in Newark, where he was given a drug test and tested positive in violation of his probation.

Spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Katherine Carter said Lange was originally supposed to enter a drug court program in Essex County and be moved to Hudson County, but could not be admitted after the positive test result. Typically a participant must be drug free to transfer to another county.

 Alleged drug deal leads to arrests

Two Hudson County residents were arrested on drug-related offenses on Jan. 24 at 3:10 p.m.

Jersey City resident Nathaniel Peterson, 51, was charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution within 500 feet of public housing, distribution within 1000 feet of a school, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school and defiant trespass.

Guttenberg resident Albert Ayala, 29, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, use/ being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Jan. 24 members of the Street Crimes Unit, were surveiling the West Side Plaza near 301 Jackson Street when Sergeant William Collins, Detective Paul Quinn, and Officer Fabian Quinones, saw Ayala approach and begin talking with Peterson. Both men then walked up Third Street and allegedly had a hand-to-hand transaction in which currency was allegedly exchanged for a small item before the two walked away in separate directions.

The officers believed this to be a drug transaction and stopped Ayala nearby where he was seen allegedly snorting suspected heroin from a wax fold with a small cut straw.

Ayala was immediately arrested and brought to police headquarters for processing.

Sgt. Collins and Officer Quinones located Peterson outside of 320 Jackson St. where he was stopped and placed under arrest.

When searched, officers found 18 wax folds of suspected heroin and $69, allegedly the proceeds of narcotic sales,  allegedly in his possession.

Both men were processed and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Facility.

Man arrested for outstanding warrant allegedly found with marijuana

Hoboken resident Cesar Flores, 20, was arrested on Jan. 24 at 2:33 p.m. on drug-related offenses.

He was charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of a Xanax with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone, possession of Xanax, possession of drug paraphernalia, defiant trespass and bail jumping.

While on patrol in the area of the Hoboken Housing Authority officers Michael Straten and Samuel Williams saw Flores walking in the area. They knew he had an outstanding warrant and approached him to place him under arrest. When they approached, he began to walk away. Officers ordered him to stop repeatedly but he allegedly ignored them and began to run.

After a short foot pursuit, they were able to apprehend him a few blocks away.

When they attempted to handcuff him he allegedly continued to resist by refusing to allow them to handcuff him.

Once placed under arrest, officers found him to allegedly be in possession of a bag of marijuana as well as several Xanax pills without a valid prescription.

He was transported to headquarters where he was processed.

An arrest warrant was generated and he was later remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.