A northern New Jersey police officer has admitted stealing drugs from an evidence room for his personal use.

Eugene Blood served in the Denville Police Department since 2003 as a patrolman and detective.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday in state Superior Court in Morristown to one count of official misconduct. He agreed to a three-year prison term and will have to serve a minimum of two years. Blood also forfeited his pension and his right to future public employment.

Blood was initially charged with misconduct, burglary, theft and criminal mischief after an investigation last spring by Denville police and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

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