Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle reported a township officer charged in April 2012 of drug offenses has pleaded guilty.
Thomas Eden Jr., M/31, of Sicklerville, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to 3rd degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, specifically Oxycodone and Percocets. His plea calls for a sentence of non-custodial probation for a term to be determined by the court.
Eden, a seven-year veteran of the Gloucester Township Police Department, was arrested on April 4, 2012, after he was found to be in possession of prescription pills, including Oxycodone and Percocets, while on duty. Gloucester Township Police learned Eden was illegally in possession of pills from a tip and conducted an undercover operation that led to Eden buying drugs from a confidential informant working with the department. He was on duty and in uniform at the time of the buy and subsequent arrest at the Howard Johnson’s motel on the 800 block of North Black Horse Pike in Gloucester Township.
Eden forfeited his position as a police officer as of today as part of the plea agreement, which also stipulates that he may not hold any public office in the state of New Jersey in the future.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 22 at 9 a.m.