Vermont State Police have arrested a correctional facility inmate after finding him in possession of heroin during a routine search on Friday.
Charles Keefe, 30, of the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland, has been charged with the possession of heroin and transporting a regulated drug into places of detention.
Correctional officers found Keefe with a clear plastic bag containing 47 small glassine pouches of heroine. The pouches were stamped with a picture of Santa Clause along with the words Merry Xmas.
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It's not known how Keefe obtained the drugs.
Keefe, who had been separated from other inmates due to suspicious behavior, had already been in custody for uttering a forged instrument, burglary and unlawful trespass.
Keefe will appear in Rutland Superior Court on Feb. 2 to answer to the charges against him.