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Former Glo. Twp. Cop Sentenced to Year on Probation

Thomas Eden Jr., arrested last spring while illegally purchasing prescription pills, must also complete drug counseling and forfeit

A former Gloucester Township police officer accused last April of illegally buying prescription drugs while on duty was sentenced on Thursday to one year on probation and forfeiture of his ability to hold public office in New Jersey.

Thomas E. Eden Jr., 31, must also complete drug counseling as part of the sentence, according to Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin.

Eden immediately lost his job on the township police force when he entered a guilty plea to a single count of third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance last month.

Eden was arrested the afternoon of April 3 at the Howard Johnson Express Inn at 832 N. Black Horse Pike, in the township's Blenheim section, after he allegedly purchased seven prescription pills (oxycodone and Percocet) from a police informant. He was driving a township police cruiser at the time of his arrest.

Eden was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), third-degree possession with intent to distribute CDS, third-degree possession of imitation CDS and second-degree possession of a firearm while committing a drug offense.

Eden was a seven-year veteran of the police force.

Charles February 24, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I hope this is the raving of a drunken fool, not just another slobbering idiot! 98% (or more) of GT cops are decent guys/gals doing a thankless job. They deserve RESPECT for their service, just as our military.
Joe February 24, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Gt pd are paid well for their thankless job. And if you don't think so, then they asked for the job and should act accordingly.
EaglesFan856 February 24, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Scumbags? You seem like a real nice person. You do not have to like the police, but you should respect what they do.
Charles February 25, 2013 at 03:41 AM
They aren't paid as well as the Freeloaders (elected and otherwise) and do far more in one shift than the "shiftless" in a lifetime.
Debbie Shinn February 25, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Public Servants should be held to the same standards as everyone else. Polce are also subject to the same weakness and flaws. Addiction is the same for them as everyone else. It just HURTS.. Having everything taken away instead of dealing with the addiction and why it happened only helps to bury the real issue. Our doctors and big PHARMA have become nothing more than pushers in the name of Health Care. This guy did not hook himself on this stuff but we sure want to hold him accoutable for getting hooked. Makes no sense. Holding others to a higher standard is part of the NIBY syndrome. If you want others held to a higher standard, raise the standards you hold yourself first.

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