Former NJ Corrections Officer Convicted On Drug Charge

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SOMERVILLE – A Somerset County jury convicted a former state corrections officer from Plainfield of drug possession, officials announced Tuesday.

Kevin Scott, 45, of Plainfield, was found guilty of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, third degree, after a three-day trial held before Judge Paul W. Armstrong. The jury deliberated about three hours before returning the guilty verdict. At the time of his arrest, Scott was a state corrections officer at Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility, officials said.

This was the second time Scott had been tried, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano. On Sept. 25, 2008, Scott had been found guilty by a Somerset County jury and Judge Edward M. Coleman sentenced him to probation, ordered Scott to forfeit his position as a state corrections officer and barred from ever holding any official position. On Jan. 15, 2010, the Appellate Division reversed that conviction ruling that certain evidence should not have been placed before the jury.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Bound Brook Police Department. During the late night hours of March 9, 2007, a plainclothes Bound Brook patrolman was in the parking lot of a commercial establishment on Main Street in Bound Brook. The officer noticed a passenger in a car driven by Scott snorting cocaine. When the patrolman approached the car, he saw Scott place something between the door and the seat. Cocaine was later recovered from that spot in the vehicle, authorities said.

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