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On June 5, 2020 detectives from the Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit conducted a search of 314 Sea Isle Key, Secaucus, NJ, after a couple weeks long investigation.  The investigation was initiated after a town resident complained of drug dealing in the area.


As a result of this search, Joseph Manzi, 45, of Secaucus was arrested. During a search of the residence, over one (1) pound of suspected edible marijuana candy along with a bag of suspected marijuana were seized.  Approximately one (1) ounce of suspected cocaine was also seized along with packaging material, confirming the cocaine was destined for street sale.  A small quantity of suspected heroin and steroids were also seized during the search.  Several hundred prescription legend drugs were seized along with some suspected hydrocodone and some suspected Xanax. Over $1,200.00 in suspected drug proceeds was seized from Joseph Manzi and his residence.


Additional items seized during the search were indicative that Joseph Manzi was using the residence to dilute and pre-package the cocaine for street sale, to further his illicit drug distribution scheme. “Resident complaints are a priority for the Secaucus Police Department. This arrest and seizure of this variety of drugs is evident that a partnership between the public and the police will help to inhibit drug distribution operations within the town,” Chief Dennis Miller said.


Joseph Manzi was charged with Maintaining/Operating a CDS Production Facility [2C:35-4], Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine [2C:35-5b(2)], Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana [2C:35-5b(11)], two (2) counts of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance [2C:35-5b(13)], two (2) counts of Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs with the Intent to Distribute [2C:35-10.5a(3)], six (6) counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [2C:35-10a(1)], four (4) counts of Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs [2C:35-10.5e(2)],  Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs [2C:35-10.5e(1)], Possession of Marijuana [2C:35-10a(3)] and [2C:35-10a(4)], Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with the Intent to Distribute [2C:36-3], Possession of Drug Paraphernalia [2C:36-2], Possession of Hypodermic Needles [2C:36-6A] and Money Laundering [2C:21-25]. Joseph Manzi was lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility. 


Chief Miller wishes to thank the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for the assistance of their K-9 Unit. Tips can be made by calling (201)330-2049, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submitted anonymously through the department’s website at These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.