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Middlesex deputy sheriff arraigned on drug charges

May 3, 2011

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WOBURN, Mass.—A Middlesex deputy sheriff has been suspended from his job at the Cambridge jail after he was arraigned for allegedly receiving cocaine and $500 from an undercover state trooper.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone says Sgt. Michael Dell'Isola of Somerville was arraigned in Woburn District Court on Tuesday on charge of trafficking cocaine.

A judge ordered the 51-year-old held on $1,000 bail and to stay away from the sheriff's office.

Prosecutors said authorities began investigating the deputy sheriff after receiving information in April regarding his activities. The probe ended Monday when the man was arrested in Woburn, shortly after he accepted the money and drugs from an undercover state trooper.

Dell'Isola's phone was unlisted and he could not be immediately reached for comment.