On November 26, 2016, at 3:33 A.M., members of the Secaucus Police Department Patrol Division responded to Red Roof Inn, 15 Meadowlands Parkway, on report of an assault in progress. Upon their arrival, officers discovered that a handgun and quantities of narcotics were believed to be possessed by the individuals involved. Pedro Figueroa, 29, of West New York was detained at the scene while two other individuals fled the area on foot. Enlisting the help of Hudson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, an exhaustive search of the area was conducted for both the handgun and the other individuals that fled the area. A short time later Orlando Roldan, 49, of Union City was taken into custody.
As a result of the follow up investigatory work conducted by the Secaucus Police Department Detective Division a search of the motel room was conducted. During the search, three (3) kilograms or approximately six (6) pounds of cocaine, with a street value of approximately $100,000 were seized. Additionally, quantities of heroin and marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearm related evidence was found. Even though the handgun believed to be involved has not yet been recovered, enough evidence was ascertained to charge Pedro Figueroa and Orlando Roldan with its possession.
Pedro Figueroa and Orlando Roldan were charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine in a quantity of more than five (5) ounces [2C:35-5b(1)], Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin in a quantity of less than one half (1/2) ounce [2C:35-5b(3)], Two (2) counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances (2C:5-2), Unlawful Possession of Handgun (2C:39-5b), Possession of Firearm while Committing a CDS Offense [2C:39-4.1(a)], Certain Persons not to Possess a Firearm [2C:39-7(a)], Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia (2C:36-3), Possession of Marijuana [2C:35-10a(4)] Bail was set at $500,000 cash only for and Orlando Roldan cash only for $300,000 cash only for Pedro Figueroa. Both are required to have a source hearing prior to any bail posting.
Chief Flaherty commends the initial responding officers for their professionalism in bringing the incident to a safe conclusion without any injuries being sustained by members of the public or themselves. Also, he commends the collaborative effort displayed by the Patrol and Detective Divisions. Chief Flaherty thanks the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for the assistance they provided.
These charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.