Inmate from Belcamp charged with smuggling drugs into Harford jail

A Harford County inmate from Belcamp was ordered held without bail after he allegedly smuggled prescription drugs to try to sell in the Detention Center, according to charging documents.

Christopher J. Bradley, 21, of the 1200 block of Talbot Road, allegedly tried to swallow several pills after a Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy found a container with 82 pills hidden in a sock last Friday, according to charging documents.

After a routine dormitory search at about 9:09 p.m., the deputy noticed a hard object inside a pair of spare socks belonging to Bradley, according to the statement of charges.

A small plastic container allegedly fell out of the sock and landed next to Bradley's foot. When the deputy tried to grab the container, Bradley allegedly opened it and tried to swallow several pills, according to the statement.

The deputy was able to wrestle the pills away from him and detain him without further incident.

The container included mostly painkillers, including 12 pills of tramadol, 24 pills of Flexeril and 26 pills that were combination Tylenol and hydrocodone. There were also 20 pills of clonazepam, a psychiatric drug, according to the statement.

The deputy said Bradley had been searched before coming into the jail and must have kept the drugs in an orifice, according to the statement.

Based on the number of pills, the deputy believed Bradley had intended to sell the drugs to other inmates, according to the statement.

Bradley was charged with four counts of possessing a drug other than marijuana, being in illegal possession of a prescription drug with intent to distribute, three counts of possessing narcotics with intent to distribute and four counts of possessing contraband in a place of confinement.

Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett ordered Bradley to be held without bail Monday.

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