Passaic County judge will not throw out police officer drug test results

A Passaic County superior court judge Tuesday turned down the Police Benevolent Association's request to throw out the drug test results of seven police officers Tuesday.

The drug tests were ordered by Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano. Avigliano says there was reasonable suspicion to test three Wayne police officers and four Passaic County sheriff's officers. He believes one officer may have tipped off a steroid and cocaine ring about a raid. All but one officer was tested for steroids in addition to the regular drug screening.

The police unions maintain the prosecutor did not have the authority to order the tests for officers outside his department. A lawyer representing three police unions asked that the test results be thrown out, but that request and the request to prohibit the prosecutor from ordering more tests was not approved.

The judge ordered the test results be held by the prosecutor's Internal Affairs Division and not released. Avigliano and the police unions will be back in court in November.

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