From her room in a low-budget motel on Route 1, a prostitute working as an informant for the Woodbridge Police Department reached out to her handler with an urgent tip.
A client had contacted her. He was flush with cocaine — "white," he called it — and he wanted to trade some of it for sex, she told the handler.
Woodbridge detectives, deep into an investigation of drug-trafficking at hotels along the highway, moved into position and waited.
On that Saturday morning in 2010, the man the prostitute identified as her client, Thomas Wall, was inaugurated into one of New Jersey’s more infamous brotherhoods: Edison police officers who have betrayed the badge.