Judge revokes $50K bail for inmate released with coronavirus
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — The bail of a Massachusetts man awaiting trial on a drug trafficking charge was revoked after officials accused him of trying to smuggle drugs into jail last week.
A judge revoked the $50,000 bail that had been reinstated for 31-year-old Eric Jalbert, The Salem News reported Thursday.
Jalbert was released from the Middleton Jail on April 14 after he tested positive for COVID-19. His release was under conditions that included a GPS bracelet and house arrest at his mother’s home.
But the judge who released him was not told that Jalbert’s mother was living in a senior apartment complex in Beverly.
Subsequently, a probation officer noted that Jalbert’s monitoring device recorded him coming and going from the building nearly 20 times while he was supposed be in self-quarantine.
Jalbert’s attorney, Amy Sixt, denied those claims.
His bail had been reinstated on April 21 and he was ordered to turn himself in. Upon arriving to jail, authorities found tobacco, marijuana and 15 strips of Suboxone, a drug Jalbert did not have a prescription for, while undergoing a body scan.
Jalbert now faces other charges, including two counts of delivering drugs to a correctional facility, and possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Sixt disputed the bail revocation, saying the alleged crimes happened while her client was in official custody.