Union City narcotics operation busted

Operator allegedly maintained a drug production facility

Police recovered a slew of narcotics from the production facility.
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Police recovered a slew of narcotics from the production facility.

A Union City man was arrested and charged following an investigation into an alleged narcotics operation at 809 22nd St., according to authorities.

The Union City Police Department assisted by the Newark Airport Border Enforcement Security Taskforce, Customs and Border Protection Agency, Hudson County Prosecutors Office, and the United States Postal Service conducted the investigation which resulted in the Feb. 19 arrest of Yonathan Seligman, 29, of Union City.

Shrooms, meth, and more

Officers from the Union City Quality of Life Unit assisted by Homeland Security Investigations recovered narcotics from the 22nd St. location. The recovery included more than 1,200 pills and tablets suspected to be ecstasy or “MDMA,” methamphetamine, marijuana, “mushrooms,” “acid,” prescription medications, and various items indicative of the distribution of narcotics. The UCPD seized more than $51,000 in cash.

Seligman was charged with multiple first and second degree narcotics offenses, including maintaining and operating a CDS production facility. He was was placed on a warrant and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Center.

“The Union City Quality of Life Unit did a tremendous job,” said Chief Nichelle Luster. “Created in 2018, the officers assigned to the Quality of Life Unit are responsible for narcotics investigations, gang intelligence as well as other issues directly impacting the quality of life of our Union City residents. This Unit continues to be successful as a result of the combination of communication with our community and ongoing intelligence sharing with other agencies. Our Department philosophy of community policing transcends one unit and extends to each and every officer who strives to make Union City a great place to live and work.”

“Quality of life in Union City has always been a top priority for my administration,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “One of the keys to keeping crime low is communication with the residents, especially by the Police Department. This is another shining example of the excellent work done by our Police Department. I encourage those who have information on this or any crime to call our Quality of Life Unit Tip Line at 201-348-5705. You may leave your contact information or remain anonymous.”

The above charges are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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