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Drugs seized during home search in Secaucus

The Secaucus Police searched the residence after a resident complaint

Police searched the man's house for drugs.

Joseph Manzi, 45, from Secaucus, was arrested after detectives from the Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit conducted a search of the residence at Sea Isle Key, Secaucus, on June 5.

The raid came after an investigation that was initiated after a town resident complained of drug dealing in the area, police said.

During a search of the residence, one ounce of suspected cocaine was seized along with packaging material. Police said this confirmed the cocaine was allegedly destined for street sale.

Police said several hundred prescription drugs were seized along with suspected hydrocodone and suspected Xanax. They said “a small quantity” of suspected heroin and steroids were also seized during the search.

Authorities said more than one pound of suspected edible marijuana candy along with a bag of suspected marijuana were seized. More than $1,200 in suspected drug proceeds was seized from Manzi at his residence.

Street sales

According to police, additional items seized during the search were indicative that Manzi was allegedly using the residence to dilute and prepackage the cocaine for street sale.

“Resident complaints are a priority for the Secaucus Police Department,” Chief Dennis Miller said. “This arrest and seizure of this variety of drugs is evident that a partnership between the public and the police will help to inhibit drug distribution operations within the town.”

Manzi was charged with maintaining and operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) production facility, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute a CDS, two counts of possession of prescription drugs with the intent to distribute, six counts of possession of a CDS, four counts of possession of prescription drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needles and money laundering.

Manzi was taken to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Chief Miller thanked the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for the assistance of its K-9 Unit.

Tips can be made by calling (201) 330-2049, emailed to spdtips@secaucus.net or submitted anonymously through the department’s website at www.secaucuspolice.org. These charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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