Heroin Problem Costs New Jersey Cop His Job

Franklin Township police officer Matthew Ellery was fired from his job after he was found unconscious in his police cruiser from a heroin overdose on April 7 of this year.

Ellery was discovered by a fellow officer after several people from the station house tried to reach him on his radio and got no response.

When Ellery was found he was unconscious and slumped over his patrol car's steering wheel. The unidentified officer who found Ellery gave him two doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone to bring him back to life.

Officer Ellery initially pleaded guilty to doing heroin in his police car and driving a vehicle while intoxicated before a plea deal was offered

The Somerset Prosecutor's Office granted Officer Ellery a plea agreement that offered admission to a supervised five-year drug program if agreed to forfeit his job.

According to an article published in the New York Post, the 29-year-old police officer did not release a statement commenting on his plea deal.

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