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EOPD Typical Drug Raid Seizure                 EOPD Typical Drug Raid Seizure

Drug Identification

The DEA has an excellent page for drug identification containing many pictures of all types of different drugs.  

Pill Identifier

This site has a Pill Identifier that helps to identify unknown medications based on size, color, and markings. 

East Orange Police Neighborhood Watch CommunityNarcotics is the one element in today's society that not only destroys the individuals that are utilizing and/or selling the substance, but entire family's and communities. To combat this evil, Police Departments around the Country have formed special units to fight the proliferation of drugs in their cities and towns. In recent years, Law Enforcement has determined that drugs are not only prevalent in the inner cities, but the tentacles have reached far into the suburbs in today's society. The dedicated men and women assigned to these special narcotic units face an enormous challenge, that takes a physical and mental toll on each individual officer.

It's a tough and sometimes unrewarding assignment, demanding a lot of extra time, dedication and resources. For these reasons this profession places a tremendous strain not only on the officer but their family's as well. The East Orange Police Narcotics/Vice Unit salutes all the dedicated men and women assigned to narcotics units in this county who try  painstakingly to curtail this plague. These dedicated officers risk their lives on a daily  basis to make their communities  which they serve a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

EOPD: Do you know where your kids are?The East Orange Police Narcotics/Vice Unit is commanded by Deputy Chief William Robinson a 25 year veteran in law enforcement. The unit has 3 supervisors Lieutenant Timothy Bradley,  Sergeant Carl Kyer and Sergeant William Phillips. The unit has fourteen (15) exceptionally trained detectives. The Narcotics/Vice Division is primarily responsible for investigating all narcotics activity in the City of East Orange . The division's focus is to target drug suppliers and dealers and arrest them for criminal prosecution. This is accomplished by the use of informants, undercover buys with detective’s and buy-bust operations. The Narcotics/Vice also utilizes other police agencies, such as D.E.A., New Jersey State Police, Essex County Bureau of Narcotics (B.O.N.) and other law enforcement agencies to infiltrate the drug community and make narcotic purchases with undercover Police Officers. The division also relies on the citizens to report any suspicious drug activity.  

With the help of both citizen and narcotic user informants, the unit attempts to seek out and limit the illegal flow of narcotics in East Orange. The unit is not restricted to city boundaries. With the aid and assistance of Local, County, State and Federal authorities, we will investigate all leads of narcotic activity wherever the resolution points to. The unit depends heavily on informants, including members of the community, to supply us with the necessary information to control illegal activity. Anyone with this type of information is encouraged to contact the units main phone line, the hotline number or using the E-Mail system by following the directions listed below. All information given to the narcotics unit will be kept confidential.

 Report Drug Dealing Call: 973-266-5040

Drug Tree

Main Telephone # 973-266-5040 The East Orange Narcotic/Vice Unit would appreciate any information which would assist them in the apprehension of narcotic violators by calling the HOTLINE NUMBER # 973-678-2639 or using the E-mail system below. All phone calls or correspondence via the E-Mail internet system to the unit will be kept confidential.

Click Envelope to E-Mail Special Operations Commander, Narcotics Squad Unit Commander or Supervisor

Special Bureau Operations Commander: Deputy Chief William Robinson



           Lieutenant C. Kyer



                   Captain W. Phillips

                     Dep. Chief T. Koundry


Call or E-Mail the unit if you have any information that will assist the East Orange Police Narcotics Unit rid your neighborhood of the # 1 problem in the country today. Remember, the citizens are the eyes and ears of every Police Department and by working together we can help eliminate this serious problem.

Did you know…

  • Approximately 60 percent of the world’s illicit drugs are consumed in the United States, which comprises only 5 percent of the world’s population.

  • "Club drugs" consisting of synthetic stimulants such as MDMA or "ecstasy" and its derivatives, depressants such as GHB, ketamine, and rohypnol, and hallucinogens such as LSD, psilocybin, and peyote are becoming increasingly popular among American youth. The primary source of club drugs are raves and dance clubs, which are often promoted as "alcohol free." This may lead to parents’ perception that raves are safe for their children to attend. The wide range of drugs available at raves and parties promulgates poly drug use, which significantly increases the hazards of illicit drug use.

  • Between 1998 and 1999, reported use of MDMA rose substantially among ten to twelfth graders. In addition to providing an outlet for the distribution of a variety of club drugs, the rave culture provides trafficking organizations and independent profiteers with an opportunity to introduce and market a plethora of new drugs to a new group of users.

    Identifying Clandestine Drug Labs

    A narcotics laboratory or production house is also frequently referred to as a clandestine drug laboratory or clan lab. These laboratories are mini-chemical labs designed for one purpose: to make deadly, illegal drugs quickly and cheaply.

    EOPD: Drugs & Paraphernalia"Clan lab" chemists can produce LSD, synthetic heroin and other drugs, but their drug of choice is methamphetamine, commonly called speed or crank. A smokeable form of methamphetamine called ice, glass or crystal is also produced.

    Not only are these homemade drugs dangerous, but the labs that produce them can be located in any neighborhood and pose serious health and safety threats to the public. Toxic chemicals, explosions, fires, booby traps, armed criminals – any of these can mean disaster for the people who inadvertently stumble onto the labs.

    If You Spot A Clan Lab

    • Leave the area at once. Anyone without proper training and protective gear should stay at least 500 feet away from any suspected clandestine laboratory.

    • Immediately contact your police department to notify them of your suspicions. Call 911 if you think you’ve been exposed to toxic chemicals or if you suspect a chemical leak in your neighborhood.

    • Don’t investigate because of the danger to you and anyone else in the area. Most law enforcement agencies have narcotics teams and hazardous material units. Busting clan labs is their job, let them do it.


Like all U.S. cities and towns, the city of East Orange faces a growing crusade against the war on drugs. The police can't solve this problem alone, we need help. Success requires community awareness, cooperation and involvement. It is also important to know what a narcotic investigation requires and how you the citizen can help. It's often hard to be sure what you are observing actually involves illicit drugs, but some patterns may indicate criminal activity. Below are some common signs or behavior that might indicate narcotic involvement.

* See warning below

  • Unusually large amount of traffic coming to the building in cars, taxis or walking. This often occurs at strange hours. Visitors may sometimes pound on doors or shout to be let in. This traffic is usually quick with people staying only for a short time. Sometimes they don't go into the building at all but someone comes out to meet them.

  • Finding drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, empty vials, plastic, glassine, aluminum or paperEOPD: Drug Paraphernalia packets, etc.) in the area.

  • Repeated, observable exchanges of items, especially where money is visible.

  • Offers to sell you drugs or conversations about drugs that you overhear.

  • Groups of individuals frequently congregating in the same area.

  • Buildings where extreme security measures seem to be taken.

  • Buildings where no owner or primary renter is apparent and no home activities, yard work, etc., seem to go on.

* Warning: Many communities have unsavory residents. However, despicable or unusual behavior, different lifestyle, racial or ethnic backgrounds, or economic level doesn't necessarily mean that a person is involved in narcotics. The rights of all citizens must be protected even while combating the war against drugs.

  EOPD: Drug Packaging  EOPD: Crack Cocaine
  EOPD: Cocaine Lines & Paraphernalia  Cocaine in ziplock plastic    Crack/Cocaine


What are the street names/slang terms for it?

What is it?

Cocaine is a drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a potent brain stimulant and one of the most powerfully addictive drugs.

What does it look like?Crack Dosage
Cocaine is distributed on the street in two main forms: cocaine hydrochloride is a white crystalline powder and "crack" is cocaine hydrochloride that has been processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water into a freebase cocaine - chips, chunks, or rocks.

How is it used?
Cocaine can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected. Crack can be smoked.

What are its short-term effects?
Short-term effects of cocaine include constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, increased temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety. Duration of cocaine's immediate euphoric effects, which include energy, reduced fatigue, and mental clarity, depends on how it is used. The faster the absorption, the more intense the high. However, the faster the absorption, the shorter the high lasts. The high from snorting may last 15 to 30 minutes, while that from smoking may last 5 to 10 minutes. Cocaine's effects are short lived, and once the drug leaves the brain, the user experiences a "coke crash" that includes depression, irritability, and fatigue.

What are its long-term effects?
High doses of cocaine and/or prolonged use can trigger paranoia. Smoking crack cocaine can produce a particularly aggressive paranoid behavior in users. When addicted individuals stop using cocaine, they often become depressed. Prolonged cocaine snorting can result in ulceration of the mucous membrane of the nose.

What is its federal classification?
Cocaine is a Schedule II drug.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

EOPD: Needle & Syringe  EOPD: Heroin Common Paraphernalia  EOPD: Common Paraphernalia "The Works"
  Heroin Black Tar    Heroin


What are the street names/slang terms for it?
Big H , Blacktar , Brown sugar , Dope , Horse , Junk , Mud , Skag , Smack

What is it?Poppy
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. It is a "downer" that affects the brain's pleasure systems and interferes with the brain's ability to perceive pain.

What does it look like?
White to dark brown powder or tar-like substance.

How is it used?
Heroin can be used in a variety of ways, depending on user preference and the purity of the drug. Heroin can be injected into a vein ("mainlining"), injected into a muscle, smoked in a water pipe or standard pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, inhaled as smoke through a straw, known as "chasing the dragon," snorted as powder via the nose.

What are its short-term effects?
The short-term effects of heroin abuse appear soon after a single dose and disappear in a few hours. After an injection of heroin, the user reports feeling a surge of euphoria ("rush") accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, a dry mouth, and heavy extremities. Following this initial euphoria, the user goes "on the nod," an alternately wakeful and drowsy state. Mental functioning becomes clouded due to the depression of the central nervous system. Other effects included slowed and slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night vision, vomiting, constipation.

What are its long-term effects?
Long-term effects of heroin appear after repeated use for some period of time. Chronic users may develop collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, cellulites, and liver disease. Pulmonary complications, including various types of pneumonia, may result from the poor health condition of the abuser, as well as from heron's depressing effects on respiration. In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin may have additives that do not really dissolve and result in clogging the blood vessels that lead to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain. This can cause infection or even death of small patches of cells in vital organs. With regular heroin use, tolerance develops. This means the abuser must use more heroin to achieve the same intensity or effect. As higher doses are used over time, physical dependence and addiction develop. With physical dependence, the body has adapted to the presence of the drug and withdrawal symptoms may occur if use is reduced or stopped. Withdrawal, which in regular abusers may occur as early as a few hours after the last administration, produces drug craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), kicking movements ("kicking the habit"), and other symptoms. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last does and subside after about a week. Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health can be fatal.

What is its federal classification?
Heroin is a Schedule I drug.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

EOPD: The "Bong"  EOPD: Over 50 Grams Marijuana  East Orange Police: Marijuana and plastic packaging  Marijuana Plants   

What are the street names/slang terms for it?
Aunt Mary , Boom , Chronic , Dope ganja , Gangster , Grass , Hash , Herb , Kif , Mary Jane , Pot , Reefer , Sinsemilla , Skunk , Weed

What is it?
Marijuana, the most often used illegal drug in this country, is a product of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana, also present in other forms of cannabis, is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Of the roughly 400 chemicals found in the cannabis plant, THC affects the brain the most.

What does it look like?
Marijuana is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa).

How is it used?Water Pipe or "Bong"
Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a "joint". It can be smoked in a water pipe, called a "bong", or mixed into food or brewed as tea. It has also appeared in cigars called "blunts".

What are its short-term effects?
Short-term effects of marijuana include problems with memory and learning, distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch), trouble with thinking and problem solving, loss of motor coordination, increased heart rate, and anxiety. These effects are even greater when other drugs are mixed with marijuana. A user may also experience dry mouth and throat.

What are its long-term effects?
Marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, sometimes in higher concentrations. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day.

What is its federal classification?
Marijuana is a Schedule I drug.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Drug Information

EcstasyThis Partnership For a Drug-Free America offers a wealth of information about various kinds of drugs, their addiction symptoms, their effect on the mental and physical health of kids, resources for intervention, and how to communicate with kids about drugs. To get detailed information about a drug, Click on its name listed below.

For all other drugs, please click here: Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

Talking with Kids About Drugs   East Orange Police Talk to your kids about drugs East Orange Police Talk to your kids about drugs

Drugs & Kids Do Not Mix

Don’t put off talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs. As early as fourth grade, kids worry about pressures to try drugs. School programs alone aren’t enough. Parents must become involved, but most parents aren’t sure how to tell their children about drugs. Open communication is one of the most effective tools you can use in helping your child avoid drug use. Talking freely and really listening shows children that they mean a great deal to you.

What do you say?

  • Tell them that you love them and you want them to be healthy and happy.

  • Say you do not find alcohol and other illegal drugs acceptable.

  • Many parents never state this simple principle. Explain how this use hurts people. Physical harm - for example, AIDS, slowed growth, impaired coordination, accidents. Emotional harm - sense of not belonging, isolation, paranoia. Educational harm - difficulties remembering and paying attention.

  • Discuss the legal issues. A conviction for a drug offense can lead to time in prison or cost someone a job, driver’s license, or college loan.

  • Talk about positive, drug-free alternatives, and how you can explore them together. Some ideas include sports, reading, movies, bike rides, hikes, camping, cooking, games, and concerts. Involve your kids’ friends.

 How do you say it?

  • Calmly and openly - don’t exaggerate. The facts speak for themselves.

  • Face to face - exchange information and try to understand each other’s point of view. Be an active listener and let your child talk about fears and concerns. Don’t interrupt and don’t preach.

  • Through "teachable moments" - in contrast to a formal lecture, use a variety of situations - television news, TV dramas, books, newspaper.

  • Establish an ongoing conversation rather than giving a one-time speech.

  • Remember that you set the example. Avoid contradictions between your words and your actions. And don’t use illegal drugs, period!

  • Be creative! You and your child might act out various situation in which one person tries to pressure another to take a drug. Figure out two or three ways to handle each situation and talk about which works best. Exchange ideas with other parents.

 How can I tell if a child is using drugs?How can I tell if a child is using drugs

Identifying illegal drug use may help prevent further abuse. Possible signs include:

  • Change in moods - more irritable, secretive, withdrawn, overly sensitive, inappropriately angry, euphoric. Less responsible - late coming home, late for school or class, dishonest.

  • Changing friends or changing lifestyles - new interests, unexplained cash.

  • Physical deterioration - difficulty in concentration, loss of coordination, loss of weight, unhealthy appearance.

 Why do kids use drugs?

Young people say they turn to alcohol and other drugs for one or more of the following reasons:

  • To do what their friends are doing

  • To escape pain in their lives

  • To fit in

  • Boredom

  • For fun

  • Curiosity

  • To take risks

 Take A Stand!

  • Educate yourself about the facts surrounding alcohol and other drug use. You will lose credibility with your child if your information is not correct.

  • Establish clear family rules against drug use and enforce them consistently.

  • Develop your parenting skills through seminars, networking with other parents, reading, counseling, and support groups. Work with other parents to set community standards - you don’t raise a child alone.

  • Volunteer at schools, youth centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, or other activities in your community.

 For More Information

State and local government drug use prevention, intervention, and treatment agencies.

State and local law enforcement agencies. Private drug use treatment service listed in the telephone book Yellow Pages.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)

P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
Fax: 301-468-6433


How Can I Help a Friend with a Drug or Alcohol Problem?

EOPD: Do these look familiar?Has a friend become moody, short-tempered, and hostile? Does he seem "spaced out?" Is he or she suddenly failing courses and hanging out with people you don’t trust?

Stop and think about it. Your friend may have an alcohol or other drug problem.

Here are some signs of drug or alcohol abuse:

  • Increased interest in alcohol or other drugs; talking about them, talking about buying them

  • Owning drug paraphernalia, such as pipes, hypodermic needles, or rolling papers

  • Having large amounts of cash or always being low on cash

  • Drastic increase or decrease in weight

  • Slurred or incoherent speech

  • Withdrawal from others, frequent lying, depression, paranoia

If your friend acts this way, it is not a guarantee that he or she has an alcohol or other drug problem. You need to compare behavior in the past. But it’s better to say something and be wrong than to say nothing and find out later that you were right to be worried.

How to Talk to a Friend Who’s in Trouble

  • Plan ahead what you want to say and how you want to say it

  • Pick a quiet and private talk time

  • Don’t try and talk about the problem when your friend is drunk or high

  • Use a calm voice and don’t get into an argument with your friend

  • Let your friend know that you care

  • Ask if there is anything you can do to help. Find out about local hotlines and drug-abuse counseling and offer to go along with him or her.

  • Don’t expect your friend to like what you’re saying. But stick with it – the more people who express concern, the better the chances of your friend getting help

For more information contact:

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)

P.O. Box 2345                                           
Rockville, MD 20847-2345                             

The NCADI distributes a wide range of free information on alcohol and drugs. Materials are available in English and Spanish. They also operate a computerized database and provide a free catalog of materials.

800-COCAINE – Answers emergency questions about cocaine use.

800-662-HELP – This toll free, 24-hour hotline can tell you how and where to get help for alcohol and other drug problems.

Neighborhood Safety Tips You And Your Neighbors Can Do 

1. Set up a Neighborhood Watch or a community patrol, working with police. Make sure your streets and homes are well-lighted.

2. Make sure that all the youth in the neighborhood have positive ways to spend their spare time, through organized recreation, tutoring programs, part-time work, and volunteer opportunities.

3. Build a partnership with police, focused on solving problems instead of reacting to crises. Make it possible for neighbors to report suspicious activity or crimes without fear of retaliation.

4. Take advantage of safety in numbers to hold rallies, marches, and other group activities to show you're determined to drive out crime and drugs.

5. Clean up the neighborhood! Involve everyone: teens, children, senior citizens. Graffiti, litter, abandoned cars, and run-down buildings tell criminals that you don't care about where you live or each other. Call the public works department and ask for help in cleaning up.

6. Ask local officials to use new ways to get criminals out of your building or neighborhood. These include enforcing anti-noise laws, housing codes, health and fire codes, anti-nuisance laws, and drug-free clauses in rental leases.

7. Work with schools to establish drug-free zones. Work with recreation officials to do the same for parks.

8. Develop and share a phone list of local organizations that can provide counseling, job training, guidance, and other services that can help neighbors.

Getting Together to Fight Crime

Something may be wrong in your neighborhood. There’s too much violence, or there’s an ever-present threat. Perhaps a child you know was robbed. Maybe you’ve seen signs of drug dealing. Maybe a string of break-ins has you wondering what’s coming next. You’re uneasy—even frightened—for yourself and your family. Perhaps nothing violent has happened, but you see warning signs—such as graffiti, vandalism, abandoned cars, loitering, litter—that crime and violence may be reaching your neighborhood soon.

You can change things by getting together with neighbors who share your worries. There are two things you need to do: look out for your families and yourselves, and get involved in your community.

People just like you have cleared drug dealing out of their neighborhoods, made parks safe for children and sidewalks secure for play, curbed assaults, reduced muggings, eliminated rapes and murders, wiped out graffiti and vandalism, started programs for teens.

What Kind of Neighborhood?

The neighborhood may be a development of single homes, a row of townhouses, a commercial corridor, an apartment complex, or even a school. Crime may be right there scaring everyone off the streets, or just looming on the horizon. Whatever your neighborhood’s like, getting together to fight crime, violence, and drugs can help create communities where children can be children and people once isolated by crime and fear can enjoy being a part of a thriving neighborhood.

Things May Look Fine, But...Whether it’s a quiet neighborhood where teens haven’t much to do, or a rural town that’s been stable, even communities that seem calm can be facing a crime threat. Things may be OK now, but how do you keep them that way?

Everyone can see the early warning signals—the little worries that alert you to the need to prevent bigger problems. The trick is to swing into action at the first sign of trouble, not to wait until it comes to your front door. Abandoned autos, people loitering, vacant homes, graffiti, a rash of break-ins, or other signs of possible trouble should be a clue to act now.

Acting right away on small problems can prevent big ones later.

It’s Too Rough for Me To Get Involved

Maybe crime has a strong grip in your neighborhood—street violence, muggings, drug dealing, shootings. People see the situation as out of hand. Some people are scared that the criminals will take revenge if they act.

There are at least three ways to counter fear. First, join together. There is strength in numbers. Most criminals attack victims who are alone—not in groups. And groups can rally, march, and hold vigils to demonstrate their commitment. Second, you can work with the police to set up a system that lets people remain anonymous and still report crimes. Third, you don’t have to meet where the problem is. In one neighborhood, people met several blocks away at a local church. No one felt singled out, and everyone gained as crime was slowly but surely driven out.

Start Something!

  • First, find out what’s already going on. Groups that are already working against crime and drugs will welcome and help you. Ask the local police, especially the crime prevention staff; check with community associations and civic groups as well as clubs.

  • Is there an existing group that ought to be involved in preventing crime? A home-school organization like PTA; a tenants’ group; a fraternity or sorority; a community service club such as Lions, Rotary, or JayCees; a social club; a church; a mental health association; a taxpayers’ or homeowners’ association—these are just some kinds of groups that can be a base for action.

  • No group ready to adopt crime prevention? Start a group in your neighborhood—even if it’s just on your block. You don’t have to be the leader, but you could organize the first meeting.

Getting Neighbors Together

You’ve already talked with some neighbors—at the grocery store, on the sidewalk, over the back fence, at the bus stop, across the kitchen table. You know people are unhappy about the way things are, that they’d like to see something done.

The next step—make that discussion a bit more purposeful and organized. Set up a meeting to decide how you want to change things. Here are some tips for that first session.

  • Be sure it doesn’t conflict with other important events.

  • Make sure there is enough room at the meeting place for everyone to be comfortably seated. Not enough room at a home in the neighborhood? Maybe a church basement, a school classroom, or a business or community meeting room is available.

  • Plan to keep the meeting fairly brief—less than two hours is probably good. Have an agenda prepared for the group’s approval.

  • Invite people in person, by phone, by flier—whatever’s most appropriate. Knock on doors, send notes, or make phone calls to remind them.

  • Invite schools, businesses, and houses of worship to send representatives. Ask local officials—law enforcement, elected officials, social services, others—to send someone who can explain how they can help.

  • Share the work so that people work together from the start. One person can organize refreshments; another can be in charge of reminder calls. Someone else can set up the room. Someone can take notes and write up your group’s decisions. Another neighbor can be the "researcher," gathering information in advance. Another can lead the discussion.

  • Allow people to share their concerns. You’ll be surprised how much you all have in common. But don’t get caught in a gripe session.

  • Remember, you’re there as a group to decide what problems you’ll tackle and what actions you’ll take, not just to talk. Everyone should have a chance to take part, but be sure the group makes some clear decisions.

  • Your group should consider surveying neighbors, either in person or by phone, to get a better idea of the range of their problems and concerns.

  • Don’t plan to tackle every problem at once. The group should identify one or two issues that need immediate action—but keep track of (and get back to) other problems. For instance, parents and youth may need drug prevention education, but the more immediate problem might be closing down drug sales in the neighborhood.

  • List next steps and who will take them. Try to get everyone to commit to helping with your plan. Agree on the next time, date, and place for a meeting and the subjects that should be covered.

  • Unsure about how to run a meeting? Talk to a member of the clergy, a local civic leader, a business person, the League of Women Voters, or the Chamber of Commerce. One of them will be glad to share experiences in making meetings effective.

 Everyone Can Do Something
As you get under way, it’s important to enlist the help of as many people as possible from your community. There’s something each person can do to help. Anyone can hand out educational brochures. Young children can pick up litter or learn to settle arguments without fighting; older youth can teach younger ones about preventing violence or organize positive activities like concerts that can replace drug traffic in a nearby park. Caring adults can help troubled youth; families can help each other. Business people can help manage programs and raise funds; civic activists can round up local agencies to meet needs like recreation, housing, or education. Many things help cause crime, violence, and drug abuse problems in a community; many kinds of activity will help to end the problems. Some may be more direct than others, but all will help.

Anyone—and everyone—can take the most basic actions, like reporting suspicious behavior or crimes in progress to the police. Whatever the contribution of time, energy, talent, and resources—small or large—it will help.

Accolade to the Original 1986 East Orange Police Narcotic Task Force

The former ten (10) man Narcotic Task Force Unit was created by the E.O.P.D. in 1986 and disbanded in 1991. This specialized "elite" unit was exclusively responsible for over 7,500 criminal narcotic related arrests. This renowned and legendary Task Force Unit has the distinct honor for the most narcotic arrests, the highest seizures of drugs and weapons during their six (6) year span of service, than any other unit or division in the history of the  East Orange Police Department.

East Orange Police Original 1986 Task Force From L/R Julian Rogers - Unknown Park Employee - William Garvin - Milton Blackmon - Daniel Martin - Keith Benson - Gene DiGiacomo - Robert Jones - Steve Sims - Eugene Clemonts - Jeff Robinson - Harry Harmon

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For the year 2003 The Narcotics/Vice Unit of the East Orange Police Department initiated a total of 305 investigations which resulted in the arrest of 523 suspects and 5 cases of found C.D.S. and paraphernalia. Included in the above were 75 confidential investigations culminating in 54 search warrants which resulted in 68 arrests..

In 2003, the Patrol Division and other units within the department initiated 202 narcotic investigations which resulted in the arrest of 209 suspects and 22 cases of found C.D.S. and paraphernalia.

In 2003, the Street Crime Assertion Team initiated a total of 297 investigations which resulted in the arrest of 465 suspects and 11 cases of found CDS and paraphernalia.

In 2003, outside agencies initiated and assisted in investigations in the City of East Orange. Agencies were: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Essex County Bureau of Narcotics (BON), FBI Fugitive Task Force, Essex County Sheriff's Department-Canine Unit, Essex County Narcotics Task Force (ECNTF), HUD Office of Inspector General, Essex County Corrections, New Jersey Transit Police and New Jersey State Police.

Provisions of Title 2C and Federal Law allow for the seizure and forfeiture of monies used in the commission of certain crimes. The Narcotics Division moved for forfeiture on $106,681.62 which was turned over to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. This represents 468 separate seizures. In 2003, there was a total of 23 weapons confiscated by the Vice/Narcotics Unit. Patrol Division accounted for 17 additional weapons, S.C.A.T. accounted for 23 weapons. The  Detective Bureau accounted for 1 additional weapon which all were linked to narcotic activity. A total of 64 dangerous weapons which were linked to narcotics and taken off the streets.

In 2003, the Vice/Narcotics Unit in conjunction with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office destroyed the following amount of narcotics: 5.89 lbs cocaine, 38.67 lbs marijuana, .18 lbs heroin, 172 pills and 10 items of assorted narcotic paraphernalia. This represents 145 incidents where the criminal cases were adjudicated through the courts and includes found C.D.S. and paraphernalia.

In 2003 confiscations and seizures of C.D.S. were as follows:



Marijuana...3.83 Lbs.

Cocaine......3.61 Lbs.

Heroin........0.60 Lbs.




Marijuana....2.66 Lbs.

Cocaine.......4.29 Lbs.

Heroin.........0.74 Lbs.




Marijuana....423.2 Gms.

Cocaine.......76.6 Gms.

Heroin.........40.8 Gms.




Marijuana.....0.3 Gms.

Cocaine........5.0 Gms.

Heroin..........0.0 Gms.




Marijuana....70.4 Gms.

Cocaine.......1081.1 Gms.

Heroin.........0.0 Gms.




Marijuana...48.6 Gms.

Cocaine.......13.1 Gms.

Heroin.........3.2 Gms.




Marijuana....7.64 Lbs.

Cocaine.......10.01 Lbs.

Heroin.........2.81 Lbs.




Marijuana...15.33 Lbs.

Cocaine.......18.35 Lbs.

Heroin.........4.25 Lbs.

Pills.............172 each



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