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Northfield man on parole arrested for throwing drugs, knife over prison fence

A Northfield man has been arrested on a warrant from the state police for throwing drugs and a knife over a fence at the Northern Correctional Facility in Berlin following a two-month investigation into the incident.

Vincent Bitetto Jr., 25, was arrested Monday by the Belknap County Sheriff’s Office and arraigned in Laconia’s district court for attempt of delivery of articles to prisoners, an incident that occurred Nov. 27, according to a press release from the New Hampshire State Police. Bitetto also was charged with violating parole from a previous arrest and was transferred to the state prison, said Trooper Michael Cote of the state police. Once his sentence for violating parole is up, his bail is set at $15,000 cash.

Cote did not provide details of the investigation because it is ongoing, but did say Bitetto was not acting alone and more indictments are pending.

The state police have encountered incidents of people throwing drugs over the fence in the past, Cote said.

“It does happen; obviously a lot of people incarcerated still have addictions and sometimes they’re willing to risk a lot to get so those addictions are filled,” he said.

In Feburary 2011, Bitetto pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell oxycodone in Tilton, according to an article from that time in Foster’s Daily Democrat. With that charge, he was also violating parole for a
previous charge of selling cocaine. The parole violation landed him one to three years in prison, and he received a suspended three to six years for conspiracy to sell, according to that article. He was also ordered to complete counseling.

He is due in Berlin’s district court March 12 at 9:30 a.m. for a probable cause hearing, Cote said.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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