Cumberland county corrections officer arrested

3:04 PM, Feb 3, 2010   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Officials with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department say a corrections officer has been arrested for trafficking prison contraband.

Investigators say corrections officer Toby Post, 38, of West Gardiner, was taken into custody outside the jail building in Portland, but on the jail property.

Post is charged with two felony counts of trafficking in prison contraband. Sheriff's detectives and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency allege Post was a middleman who got opiate drugs to an inmate in the jail. Investigators say they saw him taking control of a cache of drugs. He then allegedly tried to bring them into the jail.

Post has been placed on paid administrative leave. The sheriff's office says the investigation will continue to try and identify others who may have been involved.

A statement release by the sheriff's department says, "This incident unfortunately brings the integrity and reputation of all jail officers into question. Union leadership has stepped forward and offered their assistance in resolving questions surrounding this incident." 

Post is out on bail. He is scheduled to be in court in March.


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