N.J. trooper cleared of framing Marylander


A jury has found former New Jersey State Trooper Robert Henig innocent of charges that he planted cocaine on a Maryland man and laced the man's urine sample with the drug after his car was stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike for a traffic violation.

Mr. Henig, 27, was charged with official misconduct, false incrimination and tampering with physical evidence. He was accused of trying to frame Delbert Blair, 30, of Germantown on drug charges April 9, 1989.

Charges against Mr. Blair were dismissed in December.

Mr. Henig was acquitted Friday in New Brunswick, N.J., by a jury that began deliberating Tuesday afternoon. Jurors said that they found Mr. Henig a more credible witness than Mr. Blair, partly because Mr. Henig had won the "Trooper of the Year" award.

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