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On January 27, 2018, at 8:34 am, Secaucus Police responded on a call of a suspicious vehicle parked in the Fire Zone in front of the Holiday Inn, 300 Plaza Drive. When patrol officers arrived they observed a white Mercedes Benz from Washington DC parked in the fire zone. Upon speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, officers detected the odor of raw marijuana emanating from within the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of over five (5) pounds of suspected marijuana, hashish oil, marijuana gummy bears, Promethazine with Codeine and over $28,000.00 in the vehicle. Additional US currency was found on the three occupants and additional marijuana was found on Marcia Turk. The total amount of cash suspected to have been derived from criminal activity was approximately $33,000.00. Because of this seizure, Robert Stafford, 39 of Washington DC, Marcia Turk, 31 of Washington DC and Arquimedes Robles, 30 of Landover, MD were all arrested.

All three were each charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute of Five pounds of Marijuana [2C:35-5b(10)], Possession of Marijuana [2C:35-10a(3)], Possession of CDS [2C:35-10a(1)], Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia [2C:36-3], Money Laundering [2C:21- 25(a)], Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana [2C:5-2/2C:35-5b(10)] and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering [2C:5-2/2C:21-25(a)]. All three were lodged in the Hudson County Jail.

Chief Kevin Flaherty stated, “those people whose sole intention it is to come to Secaucus and use our hotels to facilitate criminal activity will be sought out and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” These charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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