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DOC: Prison guard accused of dealing heroin suspended

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts corrections officer accused of selling heroin to an undercover state troopers on several occasions is off the job.

The Department of Corrections told Eyewitness News Stephen Lebreux, 40, of Swansea, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case and the department’s own internal investigation.

Lebreux, a corrections officer at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution’s Bridgewater facility, was ordered held on $20,000 bail during his arraignment in Fall River District Court Wednesday.

Massachusetts State Police troopers arrested Lebreux in Somerset Tuesday afternoon when he arrived at an arranged time and place for an alleged heroin buy.

According to police reports filed in court, the suspect met an undercover trooper four times between Jan. 27 and Feb. 12 at a McDonald’s parking lot on Rt. 6 in Swansea. At the first meeting, the report says Lebreux sold the office two bundles of heroin worth $120. At the second meeting, it says he sold the undercover trooper four bundles worth $240.

In court Wednesday, Bristol County District Attorney Michael Cahillane said Lebreux started contacting the trooper unsolicited, saying he had drugs to sell.

“He said it was “fire,” it was good stuff,” Cahillane said.

The police report says Lebreux was leaving work in his DOC uniform to sell the drugs; at one point, the undercover trooper asking him if he was a cop. In response, the police report says Lebreux not only admitted that he was a corrections officer at MCI-Bridgewater, but also bragged that he used his officer’s badge to get out of traffic stops while delivering heroin to customers.

Lebreux even took out his DOC badge, the report says.

Lebreux’s criminal charges include three counts of distribution of a class A drug and two counts of trafficking heroin. The trafficking charges each carry a minimum sentence of 3.5 years, and up to 20 years in prison.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, the Fall River District Court Clerk’s office said Lebreux had not posted bail. If he does post bail, the court ordered him to be placed on GPS monitoring.

Lebreux is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on March 11.

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