While Greenwich enjoys one of the lowest overall crime rates in the U.S., as a microcosm of a society, it is seeing an alarming increase in illegal drug use.
The Narcotics Section of the Detective Division is responsible for conducting investigations of drug crimes, including the sale, use and distribution of illegal drugs. These investigators have a unique set of skills. They understand the dynamics of the drug world – from the highest-level suppliers to street-level dealers – and often work “undercover” to investigate and stop the illegal distribution and use of drugs in Greenwich communities.
Since drug trafficking invariably involves large and complex distribution networks, the Narcotics Section works closely law enforcement agencies from other states, cities and towns, as well as Federal organizations, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives. In fact, one Greenwich Police Department Detective is assigned to work full-time at the DEA New England-New Haven District Office.
In 2016, there were approximately 26 drug-related arrests by the Narcotics Section, many of which resulted in successful prosecutions and convictions of criminals in drug crimes.