Inmates Stole Pills From Monmouth County Jail Property Room: Complaint

The two broke into the room using a jail ID card on multiple occasions, authorities said.

December 12, 2016

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ — A pair of Monmouth County jail inmates are facing drug and conspiracy charges after they stole prescription drugs from the bulk property room at the jail, according to a criminal complaint.

A third inmate has been charged with possession of some of the drugs taken by the others, according to another complaint.

Jason L. Goodwin, 35, of Everett, Washington, and Damian E. Forde, 22, of Asbury Park, are accused of breaking into the bulk property room at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on multiple occasions from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, according to the complaints released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

The two were booking workers on the 3-11 shift at the jail, the complaint said. Goodwin served as a lookout while Forde used a jail identification card to defeat the lock on the door of the bulk property room, the complaint said. Once inside, Forde searched for prescription pills and took them, the complaint said.

Goodwin and Forde are accused of taking including 62 pills of flouxetine, 71 pills of clonidine, and 15 pills of Alprazolam, according to the complaint.

Goodwin was charged with possession of 51 pills of buspirone hydrochloride, which he had hidden in his pocket, while Forde was charged with possession of the flouxetine and clonidine, the complaint said. Both are charged with conspiracy.

Forde, who was being held at the jail in lieu of $76,500 bail in connection with an August burglary in Neptune, had bail of $101,000 set in connection with the bulk property room burglaries.

Bail for Goodwin, who was being held on a contempt of court charge, was set at $76,500, according to jail records.

Additionally, Cody J. Elichko, 29, of Neptune, was found with 15 pills of Alprazolam concealed in his rectum, according to the criminal complaints. Elichko was being held on contempt and conspiracy charges, according to jail records. Bail on the Alprazolam possession was set at $5,000, no 10 percent, by Judge Nicole Sonnenblick.

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