A correction officer has been accused of smuggling heroin and marijuana to supply inmates at the local prison.
Joseph A. Trotman, 44, an officer at the Bridgeport Community Correctional Center, was charged Wednesday with an attempt to convey contraband into a correctional facility and an attempt to distribute narcotics, following an undercover operation by state Department of Correction officials and members of the State Police Gang Unit.
Trotman, who has been a correction officer for six years, was released after posting $10,000 bond, pending arraignment in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on May 19.
“He has been placed on administrative leave pending a departmental investigation,” said Department of Correction Spokesman Andrius Banevicius.
Police said that since January they received information from informants that Trotman was “dirty” and had been bringing drugs into the prison for inmates.
One informant told correction officials that Trotman approached him, said he was interested in making money and offered to pick up five bundles of heroin and marijuana and bring them into the prison for $300, police said.
Police had a woman purporting to be the informant’s girlfriend contact Trotman to arrange for the exchange. The woman was wearing a hidden recording device as she met with Trotman in a Main Street parking lot on Monday, police said.
Gang unit officers conducted a surveillance of the meeting, and police said the woman handed Trotman a quantity of facsimile heroin and $300 in marked cash. She then told Trotman the name of an inmate to give the drugs to.
A short time later, police said, they arrested Trotman outside his Bridgeport home. They said they found the marked cash in his pocket.
Police said Trotman admitted that he had planned to bring the heroin into the prison, but added, “I’m not doing this ever again.”
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