An investigation by the Hoboken Police Department resulted in a raid involving SWAT, K-9 and Hudson County Sheriff units on a Hoboken home. When it was all over, five family members were facing a variety of drug and weapons charges.
After receiving information from the public via the Hoboken Police’s anonymous tip line (201) 420-2111, it was learned over the course of a month and a half that the defendants were using an apartment inside 310 Jackson Street to conduct drug sales with the help of other family members.
On Thursday, January 31, over 20 officers from Hudson County Regional Swat Team, HPD, Hoboken ESU, Investigators and the Hudson County sheriffs K-9 unit converged on the residence.
Randell Richardson (42), Cathy Richardson (61) and Eric Richardson (20) were secured and placed under arrest along with Jericka Martinez (26). During this operation a second apartment that was supposed to be vacant was found to be occupied by defendant Stephen White (50), he was additionally charged with Burglary, Possession of CDS Marijuana, and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.
Detectives were able to locate and secure a black Taurus .380 caliber handgun and a loaded magazine with hollow point bullets. Over 60 bags of CDS Heroin, several bags of CDS Crack cocaine and Marijuana, CDS Paraphernalia and over $500.00 were discovered on the scene. All defendants were transported to headquarters for processing and later remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.
Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante stated “I am proud of the work that was performed by the Hoboken Police Department’s Investigations Bureau that halts an operation of alleged drug distribution of multiple drugs including heroin and most importantly taking another illegal gun off the streets. Anytime one of these law enforcement operations occurs, there is a risk of injury to many. I am most satisfied that the Hudson County Regional SWAT along with the Hoboken Police emergency Service Unit was able to complete this operation with total control and professionalism, where no suspects, civilians or officers were injured. This was a total successful operation from investigation, to operation plans, to execution!”