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GTPD Officer Thomas Eden Jr. Charged with Drug, Weapon Offenses

Eden, 31, was arrested Tuesday at a Black Horse Pike motel, according to authorities.

A township police officer has been charged with several drug and weapon offenses following an investigation into allegations he had been illegally purchasing prescription pills.

Ptl. Thomas E. Eden Jr. was arrested Tuesday at approximately 2:30 p.m. 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 from a police informant, Police Chief W. Harry Earle said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Eden was on duty, in uniform and driving a township police cruiser at the time of his arrest, according to Earle.

Eden, 31, was released on his own recognizance following his arrest. He has been "suspended without pay with the intent to dismiss," Earle said.

Eden is scheduled to appear in court on April 11, according to the arrest warrant obtained by Gloucester Township Patch.

Eden is accused of purchasing five 30 mg Percocet pills and two Oxycontin placebo pills from an undercover officer, according to Earle.

He was also in possession of three oxycodone and two alprazolam pills when he was arrested. It is alleged Eden did not have a prescription for those pills, either.

Eden, a seven-year veteran of the Gloucester Township Police Department, has been charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, third-degree possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, third-degree possession of an imitation controlled dangerous substance and second-degree possession of a firearm while committing a drug offense.

The second-degree charge carries a five- to 10-year prison term. The third-degree charges carry mandatory three- to five-year prison sentences.

The investigation was conducted by the Gloucester Township Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau after police received what Earle described as an anonymous tip that Eden was illegally purchasing prescription pills. Earle would not indicate how long ago the tip was received.

Gloucester Township Police issued a announcing the arrest Wednesday morning. The officer was not identified in that statement.

Check back with Gloucester Township Patch for more details on this developing story.

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Megatron13 April 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I do agree and understand what you are saying. He should and is being punished is what I was getting at.
Darren Gladden April 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
This song goes out to you http://youtu.be/p8_FOQ7-P30 Have a nice day Patch Peeps
Michael April 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I think the bigger problem is lack of personal accountability. No one wants to be accountable for their actions anymore.
a reader April 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Michael and Michelle ... Please note that the press conference also referred to addiction of pain medicine. Although they have not come out and said that Officer Eden might have been an addict, that is also a possibility. Because he carried a weapon, the weapon charge is automatic. Because of the quantity, the intent charge is automatic. However, you will not know the intention of the officer until he is in front of a judge and jury of his peers. If it is found out that he is addicted, then he has every right to request assistance from the police department... how many other people in LE, state, and local governments have been granted the treatment requested for addiction to either alcohol or drugs AFTER they were discovered. Addiction is a horrible disease and he should have every opportunity to combat it. If it is found that he was addicted and needed help, apologies should be made to him and his family by those on this board stating that he was a corrupt cop. We live in a land of innocent until proven guilty. Please give this person the same respect as you would someone that might not be in LE.
Michelle Wolfson April 05, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I completely agree that he should receive due process! I also agree that he should receive treatment if it is shown that he has an addiction problem. No question.
Michelle Wolfson April 05, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I don't think anyone on here (pardon me if I am wrong) has said he is a "corrupt cop". I know I have not. A cop who broke the law, yes. A corrupt cop, no. I personally don;t feel that I would have anything to apologize for. I wouldn't apologize for stating my opinion that, whether he had an addiction or not, he broke the law and should be punished in accordance with whatever laws he broke- just like anyone else who commits a crime due to addiction. I don't really feel like many people have said anything that would warrant an apology. If someone used the term "corrupt" I might agree that an apology is in order. It is naturally going to be blown up- he's a cop. Everybody makes mistakes. No one is above reproach. But a cop breaking the law while on duty- like it or not- hits a nerve with people. I personally don't expect them to be harder on him then they would be on anyone else. I don't think anyone would want to see this man's life ruined over this. At least I know I would not.
a reader April 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Michelle, that comment was not directed at you but more so towards Michael and towards other comments on the other articles. I would love to agree with you but I can see the GTPD and the township fleecing him and using him as an example.
Michelle Wolfson April 05, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I hope that he gets his due process and is treated fairly.
Baci Baci April 06, 2012 at 03:08 AM
He got caught with ten pills.... But how many times did he get away with it???? Hmmmm I'm sure the number is a bit higher! This has happened before with a GT cop.. Buying pills in uniform? He is no better than the junkie on the street corner in Camden ... Throw the book
Baci Baci April 06, 2012 at 03:12 AM
This should be Italian law "guilty until proven innocent" this country is backwards .. That's why it's a mess and on the news today it said how many people are addicted to pain killers... Who is giving them out???? Doctors! The government and everything else sucks!
Philly April 06, 2012 at 04:45 AM
make an example out of him. don't let him off easy like im sure is going to happen. Hes a criminal prosecute him as you would anybody else. Something tells me that there is a lot more going on in the gloucester township police department that needs to be looked into. Clean this police force up . . .
J k April 06, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Incase some of you didn't read the article, they did throw the book at him. That list of charges is pretty heavy.
resident of GT April 06, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! This purchase took confidence. Confidence enough that he did it in his uniform and drove his patrol car to the buy. Confidence and arrogance that he wouldn't get caught and that he most likely has done this before. C'mon people take a look at the evidence! We have cops working hard EVERYDAY to clean up the streets of GTWP from prescription pills/drugs and here is a cop working hard to make a purchase and put this stuff back out there. Disgusting beyond belief.
Michelle Wolfson April 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I agree. He is facing some pretty serious charges. As for the comment about "cleaning up" the GTPD or that there's "A lot more going on in the GTPD.." do you have any kind of facts whatsoever to support such allegations?
Philly April 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I do but id rather not say. But as far as having the book thrown at him . . . Getting R.O.R'd is letting him off too easy.
Philly April 06, 2012 at 06:09 PM
and there far from being allegations . . . I would know.
Philly April 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
And there should have been four counts of possession of a cds. if you read the article you would have seen he was in possession of 30mg percocet, oxycontin, oxycodone and alprazolom.
Philly April 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM
and we all know the distribution charge won't stick so how come they didn't give him conspiracy to distribute as well
Philly April 06, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Or might have they been for his personal use . . . which shows that the GTPD either isnt worried about substance abuse in the police force or knows that its going on and is try'n to hide it.
Megatron13 April 07, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Sure you have facts Philly.......Such great facts that you conveniently would NOT like to share with people. Sounds like another fraud to me. Just saying! Just for the record, Percocet is a brand name for oxycodone, so it really is only 3 not 4.
Megatron13 April 07, 2012 at 03:19 AM
If GTPD didn't care about its department it would have never arrested one of their own officers. Obviously they care about their good hard working officers. If they didn't care they would have never investigated the situation. Philly do you read the crap you write before you actually hit the submit button?
Philly April 07, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Percocet is acetaminophen and oxycodone where perc 30's or roxycodone is oxycodone concentrate . . . Do your research before you run your mouth
Philly April 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
The only reason they investigated was because it was already out in the open. They had no choice but to follow through with it . . . Think about it
Philly April 07, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Your making yourself look like an idiot . . .
Megatron13 April 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Ok Philly I may have made a mistake in what per 30s are, however, you still have no proof of the BS you put all over this page. You are truly just another fraud who had some problems with the department in the past and now needs to cry online about how dirty you know the department is. If you knew anything worth actually knowing why not report it? Why? Because you don't know a thing about the inner workings of this department. I however do, and I can assure everyone who read this post that this department is still one of the best in the area. Just ask the dirt bags that get locked up by GT they will tell you How much they hate department. Hate it because they put dirt bags much like yourself behind bars on a daily basis. Just ask around fraud.
keepin' it real April 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I GUARANTEE this is not the first time he has broke the law! Get real people! Hello? Heads out of the sand! The PO-LICE are out of control! Because they're the biggest gang in America.
keepin' it real April 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I agree, Philly, a lot more going on in GTPD, as well as ALL the other PDs in this state and the country. They are out of control, and they, hands-down, abuse their power!
keepin' it real April 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Megatron, you have a point, I thought for a moment. Then I remember how cops hold grudges against each other and retaliate on each other. The NJ Libertarian Party discloses all civil lawsuits in the state of NJ. I have read more than a few retaliation lawsuits, cop vs cop, as well as assaults on civilians. There are hundreds of them!!!
keepin' it real April 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Megatron, you're rude! You can't defend your biased thoughts, so you turn it around and start degrading someone you don't even know. So do your actions and words on these posts reflect the kind of cops at GTPD? Since you said you know the innter workings. Aha, I bet you're a cop yourself! Let those true colors show! See, that's all it takes, is someone to have a different opinion than you and now they're no good. Just like the cops on the streets, out of control! Grow up!
diane succio April 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I am not a criminal nor a dirtbag but have seen first hand how the young guns thinks they are superman. They pull people over for actually no reason at all just because they wear a uniform. I also know Tom from little league and he will raise up again and do the right thing. So until he is convicted keep it real

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