Worker charged with smuggling drugs into jail facility

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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) – A food service worker at a pre-release center for inmates in the custody of the Essex County sheriff’s office has been charged with smuggling what appears to be the opioid fentanyl into the facility.

According to a statement Tuesday from the office of Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, 39-year-old Pedro Carbonell Jr. was charged with delivering drugs to a prisoner in a correctional institution or jail. He worked for a private food service contractor.

He was arrested after a two-month investigation into drugs at the facility in Lawrence known as The Farm. Carbonell will be arraigned at a later date

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