By David Madden
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A South Jersey police officer is charged with illegally buying prescription drugs while on the job. It’s a job he won’t be holding much longer.READ MORE: 3 Men Arrested In Connection To Assault Of Teen Outside Of Pleasantville Centerfolds Cabaret Before He Was Found Dead
Tom Eden Jr., 31, is a seven-year veteran of the Gloucester Township police force. He was arrested yesterday afternoon in a hotel room after allegedly buying seven prescription painkillers from an undercover informant. Five more pills were also on his person at the time, according to township police chief Harry Earle.
“At the time of the arrest, Mr. Eden was working as a Gloucester Township police officer, wearing a uniform and driving a marked Gloucester Township police unit,” Chief Earle says.READ MORE: Mantua Man Stole Car, Debit Card Of Mount Laurel Woman Beaten To Death, Burlington County Prosecutor Says
Now, Eden is facing several drug charges, and is suspended without pay as the township intends to fire him.
Earle says a quick review finds no problem with Eden’s recent arrest record, but they’re looking to see if he used the drugs himself or was selling them to someone else.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Could Produce Enough Snow To Crack City’s Top 20 Snow Days