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.
The majority of investigations conducted by the Section have involved overdose causalities and deaths from the use of narcotics substances, which include heroin, pharmaceutical opioids, and fentanyl. The Narcotics Section investigated 18 overdoses due to narcotic substances in 2018-2019. One of these investigations resulted in the death of a New York resident in a Greenwich hotel. The supplier of the narcotics substance which caused the death of the resident was arrested for manslaughter.
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.
The Narcotic Section has created and fostered a solid relationship with the surrounding Westchester County Police Departments and identified many opioid distributors from New York who supply Greenwich drug abusers and the surrounding Fairfield County Towns.
The Narcotics Section works with the Town of Greenwich Department of Human Services to identify and educate those members of the population most at risk for overdose. An open line of communication is maintained between the two departments with the goal being to lower the overdose incidents in Greenwich using a strategy that synchronizes the efforts of Public Education, Treatment Services, and Targeted Enforcement.