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Guard arrested in prison drug probe.

Byline: Lee Hammel

WORCESTER - A correction officer at the Worcester County Worcester County is the name of several counties in the United States of America:
  • Worcester County, Maryland
  • Worcester County, Massachusetts
 House of Correction house of correction
n. pl. houses of correction
An institution for the confinement of persons convicted of minor criminal offenses.

Noun 1.
 has been arrested and charged with conspiring to smuggle smug·gle  
v. smug·gled, smug·gling, smug·gles
1. To import or export without paying lawful customs charges or duties.

2. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth.
 drugs to an inmate at the jail.

Matthew F. Mahoney, 24, of 134 Commonwealth Ave. was charged yesterday in U.S. District Court with conspiracy and possession of oxycodone oxycodone /oxy·co·done/ (-ko´don) an opioid analgesic derived from morphine; used in the form of the hydrochloride and terephthalate salts.

 with intent to distribute. Mr. Mahoney, who was arrested Wednesday in Westboro, was released yesterday on conditions after a July 12 probable cause Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution, or that a Cause of Action has accrued, justifying a civil lawsuit.  hearing was set.

An undercover operation was set in motion after Special Agent Todd F. Prough got a tip from a confidential informant informant Historian Medtalk A person who provides a medical history  through another law enforcement officer. The information was that Mr. Mahoney and Daniel Brunell, an inmate, were discussing smuggling smuggling, illegal transport across state or national boundaries of goods or persons liable to customs or to prohibition. Smuggling has been carried on in nearly all nations and has occasionally been adopted as an instrument of national policy, as by Great Britain  oxycodone into the jail to be distributed to inmates.

Agent Prough gave this account in an affidavit: Mr. Mahoney and Mr. Brunell needed a new drug supplier because their drug source was no longer available. Acting undercover and wearing a recording device, Agent Prough met Mr. Mahoney June 6 at a Framingham restaurant.

Agent Prough and the correction officer discussed plans for Agent Prough to supply Mr. Mahoney with 100 oxycodone pills, 80 of which he would smuggle to "Danny" while keeping 20 pills for himself. The correction officer said that Mr. Brunell "had 100 sold already."

Mr. Mahoney planned to hide the pills in his uniform pants pockets to smuggle them inside the jail. He also said that he had smuggled smug·gle  
v. smug·gled, smug·gling, smug·gles
1. To import or export without paying lawful customs charges or duties.

2. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth.
 an ounce of marijuana into the jail previously.

Mr. Mahoney said that he was fearful of losing his job and doing more time than the drug supplier would. Mr. Mahoney said Mr. Brunell offered to advance a personal check for $500 as a down payment. The undercover agent said he expected to be paid $50 per pill.

On Wednesday, the two met again with Agent Prough wearing a wire, this time in Westboro with other agents observing. The correction officer said he had delayed calling Agent Prough to make sure "the inmate" had worked out a way to pay for the drugs.

Mr. Mahoney agreed the price would be $50 per pill. Because money cannot change hands at the jail, Mr. Mahoney said the inmate, whom Agent Prough believes to be Mr. Brunell, agreed to send money to the agent's post office box to pay for the pills.

Agent Prough handed Mr. Mahoney a plastic bag with 100 oxycodone pills and the correction officer allegedly said, "These are the good ones." When the agent asked Mr. Mahoney whether he would use or sell his share of the pills, Mr. Mahoney said he probably would sell some pills to make some money.

The correction officer was placed under arrest. Afterward, he "stated that he knew he was transporting drugs into the prison and had done it on at least one other occasion," according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the affidavit.

Mr. Brunell has not been charged in the federal case. Mr. Brunell previously was charged with robbing a shoe store on Grafton Street Feb. 12 and was charged the following day with punching another prisoner inside a police wagon while they were on their way to court.

Mr. Mahoney was investigated by the DEA's tactical diversion See: diversion.  squad in Worcester, the Worcester County sheriff's special services investigative unit, the district attorney's office, state police and the Westboro police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David H. Hennessy.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 22, 2007
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