A Middlesex deputy sheriff is facing drug trafficking charges after he allegedly collected cocaine during a sting investigation launched by Middlesex prosecutors and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.
Sergeant Michael Dell’Isolia is to be arraigned today in Woburn District Court on charges of trafficking in cocaine, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.
Dell’Isolia, 51, of Somerville has worked for the sheriff’s department for 28 years. He has been suspended from his job at the Cambridge jail as a result of his arrest, Koutoujian said in a statement.
Koutoujian said in a statement that his department was tipped off months ago that Dell’Isolia was allegedly engaged in illegal activities.
He said information collected by his internal affairs unit was handed off to State Police assigned to Leone’s office.
Dell’Isolia met in Woburn Monday with an undercover trooper who gave him some cocaine and $500 cash, according to prosecutors. After he allegedly accepted the cash and drugs, Dell’Isolia was arrested by troopers, prosecutors said.
Koutoujian became sheriff in January. A former state representative, he was appointed by the governor to complete the term of the late Sheriff James V. DiPaola.
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