Secaucus Police Anti-Crime Unit Thwarts Drug Ring: Seizes Drugs and Stolen Handgun

Secaucus Police Thwarts Drug Ring: Seizes Drugs and Stolen Handgun
Anthony Cuccia - Dylan Matus

The Secaucus Police Anti-Crime Unit arrested two individuals, seizing a plethora of drugs and a stolen firearm on July 27, 2023.

Patrolling near Red Roof Inn, 15 Meadowlands Parkway, the Anti-Crime Unit observed what they suspected to be a drug transaction. Dylan Matus, 24, of Maywood was pulled over in his vehicle and subsequently placed under arrest after willingly turning over ten suspected Oxycodone 15 mg pills.

Following an investigative lead, detectives were able to identify the source of the pills. Anthony Cuccia, 26, of Ridgefield was subsequently arrested. An incidental search revealed his possession of suspected cocaine.

A thorough search of Cuccia’s room at the Red Roof Inn resulted in the seizure of large quantities of suspected cocaine, Xanax, Oxycodone, Adderall, strips and pills of Suboxone, and Cyclobenzaprine, along with over $1,400 in cash. Authorities also found a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun loaded with hollow point ammunition, reported stolen from Massachusetts in 2022.

Matus, charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, was released, pending his court appearance. Cuccia, facing numerous charges including Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Receiving Stolen Property, was remanded to the Hudson County Jail.

“The work of my Anti-Crime Unit is unparalleled,” praised Chief Dennis Miller. “The Anti-Crime Unit will continue to proactively investigate Vice Crimes at our local hotels and arrest those individuals who think they will use our hotels as a safe haven to commit their nefarious acts.”

The department welcomes community tip-offs, which can be made by calling (201) 330-2049, emailing spdtips@secaucus.net, or submitting anonymously through the department’s website at www.secaucuspolice.org.

These charges are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.