New Bern man pleads guilty to trying to smuggle drugs into detention center

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A New Bern man has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle drugs into the Craven County Detention Center, District Attorney said.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said Stuart Austin Gaidosh, 42, pleaded guilty to charges arising out of his attempt to smuggle drugs into the Craven County Detention Center.

Gaidosh sentenced to 2-5 years in prison.

According to a release, Gaidosh reported to the Craven County Detention Center following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest for a misdemeanor assault.

Once in custody, he was placed in a holding cell near the booking desk.

Gaidosh was acting strangely, and one of the jail officers said that he observed him in the holding cell, apparently extracting contraband from a body cavity.

Two officers entered the cell, ordered Gaidosh to put down the items, and saw him attempting to throw the contraband into the toilet.

He was stopped, and after a brief struggle, was handcuffed.

The items he had brought into the jail included lighter, several cigarettes, a small bag of marijuana, and a number of pills later determined to be clonazepam.

Both marijuana and clonazepam are controlled substances which are forbidden by law to be possessed within a jail or prison facility.

Gaidosh pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of controlled substances in prison or jail premises.

Judge Pate recommended Gaidosh for vocational and drug programs while in the Division of Adult Correction.

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