Man gets 6 months more for trying to smuggle drugs into jail

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A man released from a Massachusetts jail after testing positive for the coronavirus has been sentenced to an extra six months behind bars after trying to smuggle drugs back inside the facility.

A judge ruled Monday that Eric Jalbert, of Salem, will serve the extra time after completing a two- to three-year sentence on fentanyl distribution charges, The Salem News reported.

Jalbert was awaiting trial when he tested positive for COVID-19 in April, according to authorities. He was released by a judge in April with the condition that he stay under home confinement at his mother’s Beverly home. But prosecutors say Jalbert failed to comply with the conditions of his release, and was ordered back to jail.

When Jalbert reported to the Middleton jail, officers found 15 Suboxone strips, marijuana and tobacco hidden in a body cavity, the district attorney’s office said.

He was convicted of the fentanyl charges in July.

Prosecutors had asked for up to two additional years behind bars.