Two arrested for selling meth in Secaucus hotels

A multi-agency investigation led to the drug dealing-related arrests

Richard Rivera (left) and Christopher Healey (right), images via the Secaucus Police Department.

After an investigation by multiple North Hudson departments, police have arrested two local men in connection with selling methamphetamine in the area.

A timeline of events

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In March of 2022, the Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit opened a joint investigation with detectives from the West New York Police Anti-Crime Unit and North Bergen Police Department into methamphetamine allegedly being sold at hotels within Secaucus.

On April 23, 2022, Richard Rivera, a 36-year-old of North Bergen, was arrested by members of the Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit and North Bergen Police Department. Rivera was arrested at the Fountain Motel in North Bergen on an active warrant issued by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for Receiving Stolen Property with no bail and a warrant issued by Hoboken with a bail amount of $5,000.

At the time of his arrest, Rivera was charged with possessing over seven ounces of suspected methamphetamine. He also possessed a quantity of suspected Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest, police said.

On June 1, 2022, Detectives from the Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit and North Bergen Police Department conducted a search of the residence of 45-year-old Christopher Healey, located on the 1100 block of 53rd Street in North Bergen.

During the search, the detectives seized over eight ounces of suspected methamphetamine, over twenty ounces of suspected Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) along with quantities of suspected cocaine, Xanax, Adderall, Percocet, Viagra, Clonazapm, Ecstasy, Psilocybin Mushrooms, Oxycodone, and approximately three pounds of Marijuana.

Several hundred dollars in cash “believed to derived from nefarious acts” was also seized, according to police. A stun gun was also seized along with other items indicative of the production of methamphetamine.

Two face charges following investigation

Rivera was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of GHB, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with the Intent to Distribute. Rivera remains in the Hudson County Jail.

Healey was charged with Maintaining a CDS Production Facility, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute GHB, Possession with Intent to Distribute Psilocybin Mushroom, Possession with Intent to Distribute Xanax, Possession with Intent to Distribute Adderall, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Viagra, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance within 1,000 feet of a School, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance within 500 feet of a Park, Possession of GHB, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Bupropion, twelve counts of Possession of CDS, Possession of a Weapon while Committing a CDS Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with the Intent to Distribute, and Money Laundering.

Healey was lodged in the Hudson County Jail.

“Vice activity will not be tolerated at our local hotels and the Secaucus Police Department will continue to work with our law enforcement counterparts to eradicate criminals who come to Secaucus solely to conduct their illicit activities,” said Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller.

“I want to praise the diligent and collaborative investigative efforts of the Detectives who participated in this investigation, especially my Anti-Crime Unit, under the tutelage of Detective Sergeant Matthew Ford. I also want to thank the North Bergen and West New York Police Departments for their collaboration during this investigation.”

“Drug activity and other criminal behavior at our local motels not only negatively impacts the people who stay there, but it also affects the quality of life of our community,” said North Bergen Police Chief Peter Fasilis. “We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to interdict this type of activity and I am proud of the interagency cooperation which led to these arrests.”

“Our department is fully engaged with our law enforcement partners throughout the county and will continue to work diligently with all levels of law enforcement to suppress criminal activity,” said West New York Deputy Chief Alejandro DeRojas. “I commend the Secaucus Police Department on this investigation and the West New York Anti-Crime Unit for their participation.

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