(Union City, New Jersey) – The Union City Police Department assisted by the Newark Airport Border Enforcement Security Taskforce, Customs and Border Protection Agency; both part of the United States Department of Homeland Security; Hudson County Prosecutors Office and the United States Postal Service conducted an investigation into a narcotics operation at 809-22nd Street in Union City, New Jersey.  The investigation resulted in the February 19th arrest of Yonathan Seligman, age 29, of Union City.

Officers from the Union City Quality of Life Unit assisted by Homeland Security Investigations recovered a quantity of narcotics from the 22nd Street location.  The recovery included over 1,200 pills and tablets suspected to be ecstasy/MDMA, methamphetamine, marijuana, “mushrooms,” “acid,” prescription medications along with various items that are indicative of the distribution of narcotics.  Additionally, the Union City Police Department seized over $51,000 in cash.

Yonathan Seligman was arrested and charged with multiple 1st and 2nd degree narcotics offenses including maintaining and operating a CDS production facility.  As a result, Seligman was placed on a warrant and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

“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 and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.