PUNTA GORDA — A correctional officer from Charlotte Correctional Institution was arrested earlier today on several narcotics related charges, including the introduction of contraband into a correctional facility. On Tuesday, narcotics detectives arranged for the undercover purchase of four hydromorphone pills. During this operation, detectives saw a man identified as Brian Paul Mcavoy, 28, apparently sell narcotics to another man. The drugs that were exchanged between the two were recovered by detectives and identified as hydromorphone.
During that investigation, detectives learned that Mcavoy was a correctional officer at Charlotte Correctional Institution, located south of Punta Gorda. Shortly before noon today, detectives made arrangements to take Mcavoy into custody while he was at work. After they placed him under arrest, detectives found half of a white pill that was identified as hydromorphone in his wallet. The pill tested positive for containing an opiate. Prior to his arrest, Mcavoy had been working on the secure side of the correctional facility. Mcavoy was charged with sale and delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where is he was being held on $13,500 bond.
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