Trusty inmate indicted over heroin stolen from police
BRENTWOOD — A Rockingham County jail inmate has been indicted on charges he broke into an evidence room at the East Kingston Police Department and stole heroin that he later smuggled into the jail.
A Rockingham County grand jury has handed up three indictments against Jarred Brisbois, 20, after the incident in May that prompted an investigation by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, County Attorney’s Office, and now the state Attorney General’s Office.
Brisbois is charged with burglary, delivery of articles prohibited, and acts prohibited related to the alleged theft of heroin from the evidence room that he is accused of later bringing into the jail.
Authorities began investigating after learning that Brisbois allegedly broke into the evidence room when he was left alone on May 11 while he was supposed to be performing maintenance work as a trusted inmate through the jail’s trusty program.
While he is not facing other charges, county prosecutors have said Brisbois, who has a history of theft convictions, also broke into an officer’s locker and drove a police cruiser during his time alone. Nothing is believed to have been stolen from the locker, which contained the officer’s duty belt.
Meanwhile, East Kingston Police Chief Reid Simpson and Cpl. Mark Iannuccillo were placed on paid administrative leave last week. The exact reasons for the action isn’t clear, but County Attorney James Reams has said the two were the ones in charge of the evidence room.
The Attorney General’s Office also announced last week that it is now conducting a criminal investigation to determine whether anyone at the police department “committed any type of criminal conduct,” Associate Attorney General Jane Young has said.
The state’s investigation was prompted by the incident in May, but Young would not provide details about the scope of the probe.