Sunday, November 27, 2005


Prison guard accused of selling cocaine

L. NAZARETH TWP., N.J. - A Northampton County Prison guard was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover drug task force officer in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Kevin T. Murphy, 49, of the 400 block of Pershing Avenue, Phillipsburg, has worked for the prison for more than 24 years and was being paid $41,617 a year. Director of Corrections Todd Buskirk said Murphy has been suspended without pay pending completion of the investigation, but he would not comment further on the incident.

Police said Murphy arranged to meet the Northampton County Drug Task Force member to sell him one gram of cocaine for $60. The transaction was captured by electronic surveillance and police arrested Murphy as he was leaving the parking lot.

Police said he tore up the three $20 bills that were given to him in exchange for the drugs.

Murphy was arraigned before District Judge Ralph Litzenberger around 2 p.m. Saturday and charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

He was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 30 at District Judge Joseph Barner's office.

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