Billerica corrections officer accused of smuggling drugs

BILLERICA — A corrections officer at the Middlesex House of Correction is facing drug charges after he was accused of buying drugs on the outside then smuggling them into the jail for inmates for a fee.

Scott Sears, 36, of Winthrop, was arrested Thursday at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Winthrop ending what officials say was a yearlong investigation into his alleged drug-smuggling operation, according to state police.

In October, state police and Middlesex Sheriff officials heard from informants that Sears was acting as a middleman between drug dealers and the jail in Billerica, where he worked.

Sears, a corrections officer for two years, would allegedly meet with dealers and buy drugs on behalf of inmates , then smuggle the drugs into the jail, charging inmates a fee.

Sears was arrested after state police and the sheriff’s office set up surveillance at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Revere Street on Thursday morning. An undercover agent met with Sears and allegedly gave him drugs in a coffee cup. As payment, Sears received $150 in cash and 3 grams of cocaine, officials said.

He was arraigned in East Boston Court and charged with possession of a Class D substance, possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute, conspiracy to deliver drugs into a prison and school zone violation. He was ordered held in the Suffolk County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. His next court date for a pretrial conference is scheduled for July 15.

Sears has been suspended with pay from his job pending an administrative disciplinary hearing.

Attorney Alexander Shapoval, Sears’ attorney, was unavailable for comment yesterday.
source: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_9728656

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