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Two Women, Including Attorney Arraigned in Scheme to Smuggle Drugs into Plymouth County House of Correction

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Contact:  Beth Stone- (508) 584-8120

BROCKTON- Two women have pleaded not guilty to charges that together they conspired to allegedly smuggle Suboxone strips into Plymouth County House of Correction, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced.

Elana Gordon (DOB: 11/8/75) of Bridgewater, pleaded not guilty this morning in Plymouth District Court to one count each of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B, Suboxone, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws and Delivering Drugs to a Prison.  A second woman, Minoska Bello (DOB 01/29/98) of Roslindale, turned herself in at the Plymouth District Court today and was arraigned on charges of Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws and Accessory Before the Fact of Delivering Drugs to a Prisoner.  Both women pleaded not guilty to the charges.  The Commonwealth requested that Gordon be held on $5,000 cash bail.  Judge Sullivan held Gordon on $1,000 bail and ordered her to be placed on GPS monitoring bracelet and stay away and have no contact with any inmates or correctional facilities in Massachusetts.  Bello was released on personal recognizance.

The arrests follow a several months-long investigation by State Police Detectives and Inner Perimeter Security investigators at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department into the smuggling of contraband substances at the courthouses and at the Plymouth County House of Correction.  Through audio and video surveillance efforts, investigators determined that Bello had conspired with Gordon to make arrangements for the delivery of those substances into the House of Correction.

On May 4, 2018, Gordon utilized her attorney privileges to gain entrance to the jail and meet with an inmate who is not her client.  Gordon brought 61 Suboxone strips in two manila envelopes and allegedly passed them to an inmate. The inmate returned to his cell with the envelopes before they were seized by investigators.

Gordon is due back in court on June 11 for a pre-trial conference and Bello is scheduled to return to court on June 19.

The investigation is ongoing by State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and Inner Perimeter Security investigators at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.


May 10, 2018