To combat this perception of corruption, Corrections Director Arnie Matos conducted a surprise inspection at the jail last year, using K-9 units from several municipal forces. No contraband was located, which is a very positive sign. But when a corrections officer is found right outside the jail, in a drunken stupor and coked up, it makes you wonder.
I believe that's what happened just two weeks ago.
According to The Express Times, Pocono Township resident Brian Michael Peters, age 34, was found unconscious in the "300 block of South Fifth Street in Easton." That's about a block from the jail. In addition to being slumped over in an idling car, cops couldn't help but notice a powdery substance atop a decorative plastic license plate on Peters' lap. It tested positive for cocaine. They also found a baggie of crack cocaine in the car.
Peters was charged with driving under the influence, as well as unlawful possession of a controlled substance. His Preliminary Hearing is scheduled for March 4.
Here's what's dicey. Northampton County just happens to have a corrections officer named Brian Michael Peters, who lives in the Poconos.
Is this the same Brian Michael Peters? Yes. Corrections Director Arnie Matos told me was unable to discuss personnel matters. But in response to a Right-to-Know requests, I learned some additional identifying information about Brian Michael Peters, i.e., birthday, which matches.
Peters worked until 2 pm at the jail on January 26. That's just hours before Brian Michael Peters was found by police.
Updated 10:40 AM: I now know, in response to another RTK, that the Brian Michael Peters charged is the same Brian Michael Peters who is employed as a Northampton County corrections officer.