In 1987, pursuant to the newly instituted Statewide Narcotics Action Plan (S.N.A.P.), the Camden County Narcotics Unit invited the municipal police departments of the county, the Sheriff's Office, and other agencies to contribute personnel to the formation of a narcotics task force. Since then, officers from these agencies
have been assigned to the Camden County Narcotics
Task Force, generally for six-month periods on a Narcotics Unit
rotating basis. Section Cheif: Gary Menchen
Unit Commander: Sgt. Jeff Moore
In 1997, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office
became the lead agency in the Camden City division
of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (H.I.D.T.A.) Task Force, a federally funded multi-agency organization dedicated to reducing drug trafficking and drug-related violence. Presently, the H.I.D.T.A. Task Force numbers 46 and includes personnel from the Camden Police Department, the New Jersey Air National Guard, and a municipal police department. Three assistant prosecutors and three administrative personnel are counted in that number. As of 2009, the DEA assumed the role of H.I.D.T.A. lead agency and the Prosecutor's Office continues participating in H.I.D.T.A. under the DEA's stewardship.
An element of the Task Force is the Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) squad. This unit concentrates on acquiring confidential informants with ties to the major drug importing and supplying organizations. Then, employing both traditional and electronic investigative methods, this unit attempts to penetrate and expose the inner workings of these organizations in order to prosecute the entire network of conspirators.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Narcotics Task Force is involved in the following areas of activity:
It generates cases against individuals who are evaluated as major drug traffickers in the county. These are the people who import wholesale quantities of controlled dangerous substances and who directly or indirectly supply the city and suburban drug sets. Such persons are targeted for prosecution under the kingpin statute (N.J.S. 2C:35-3) where appropriate. Typically, these investigations involve wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance.
The Narcotics Task Force vigorously conducts street operations. These operations take the form of reversals, sneak and peeks, undercover buys, buyer arrests and search warrant executions. These operations disrupt and, at times, eliminate street-level drug markets by arresting both sellers and buyers and seizing drug stashes.
The Task Force renders assistance in municipal investigations. Communication, both vertically to the Narcotics Task Force and horizontally among the municipal police departments, is encouraged. Municipal police departments are specifically urged to share arrest information among each other for the purpose of establishing local data banks of offenders. In terms of assistance, the goal of the Narcotics Task Force is not to take over municipal investigations, but rather to render specific assistance, such as surveillance, managing informants in controlled buys, assisting in the preparation of affidavits and supporting the execution of search warrants.
Members of the Narcotics Task Force are frequently invited to local schools for the purpose of making drug awareness presentations. When requested, they meet with the police and local school officials for the purpose of assessing perceived problems of drugs on school property and devising a plan to deal with the problem.
Camden County Prosecutor's Office 25 North 5th Street Camden, New Jersey 08102 856-225-8400