New study suggests some New Jersey businesses actively profiting from drug-related thefts

The state Commission of Investigation has been looking into the problem for a decade.

David Madden
June 23, 2018 - 10:00 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — State investigators in New Jersey are taking note of a disturbing trend in addressing the epidemic of addiction to heroin and prescription drugs. 
    
The state Commission of Investigation has been looking into the problem for a decade.
    
"There's some businesses that are profiting from the crisis and essentially enabling and exploiting drug addicts who are desperate and willing to do anything, including stealing goods to sell to fund their next fix," spokeswoman Kathy Riley said. 
    
They cite several examples of pawn shops, secondhand stores and even scrap yards. In some cases, it's alleged business owners would suggest specific items that are in demand. Some of those owners, according to the agency, are convicted felons with connections to organized crime. And the trade has netted tens of millions of dollars in stolen goods. 
    
The report suggests better oversight and an online database for those businesses to report their transactions.