Man accused of smuggling drugs into cells
Man denies drug smuggle into cells
BENNINGTON A man who police said was homeless and wanted in New Hampshire was charged on Monday with a felony after police said he smuggled cocaine and crack cocaine into a holding cell at the Bennington County courthouse and the Rutland jail.
Bruce C. True, 26, pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court to delivering less than 2.5 grams of cocaine.
In an affidavit, police said True was a passenger in a car that was stopped on Feb. 1 on Route 7 near Manchester after police were notified that the driver might be under the influence of alcohol. Police said drugs, a large amount of cash and a handgun were found inside the vehicle.
True, who had an active arrest warrant in New Hampshire, was taken to the Rutland jail but before he could be formally admitted, he was taken back to Bennington County for arraignment.
The holding cells at the courthouse are monitored by closed-circuit television cameras. A deputy sheriff watching the activity in the cell between True and three other men believed there was something suspicious about their behavior.
After an investigation, police said they believed True had hidden drugs inside his body. While in the holding cell, he encouraged the other men in the cell to use the drugs as a way of disposing of the evidence, police said.
Later on Feb. 1, True was taken to the Rutland jail where corrections officers were eventually able to recover one bag with what appeared to be about 3 grams of crack cocaine and one bag with what appeared to be 6 grams of cocaine, according to the affidavit.
Police said True may also be facing charges in Rutland County for bringing drugs to the Rutland jail.