July 29, 2021

MORRIS COUNTY AFRO-AMERICAN NEWS

MORRIS COUNTY AFRO-AMERICAN NEWS

Morris corrections officer caught in drug distribution ring sentenced to intervention program

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A former Morris County jail corrections officer will serve two years in a state pretrial intervention program after admitting his role in a conspiracy among fellow officers to buy cocaine and other narcotics.

Brian Rzucidlo, 36, who worked in the jail’s policy unit, was the last member of the alleged ring to be sentenced. Four other officers were sentenced in February to probation.

Rzucidlo pleaded guilty in October to third-degree possession of cocaine, with prosecutors recommending he serve three years’ probation. Instead, Brad Seabury, a Morris assistant prosecutor, said during a virtual court hearing Tuesday that he was revising the offer, though he gave no indication as to why.

Unlike probation, pretrial intervention will allow Rzucidlo to have his charge dismissed after he completes a program of community service, court monitoring and other rehabilitation for first-time offenders. He also must remain drug-free and avoid any further legal trouble over the two years.

Rzucidlo appeared wearing a shirt and tie with his attorney, Peter Gilbreth, during the virtual hearing. He told Judge Stephen Taylor he is now a college student and is receiving treatment at the New Life Recovery addiction center in Pompton Lakes.

Like the other officers, Rzucidlo’s plea required him to forfeit his badge and, with it, any chance at future public employment.

The investigation began with an anonymous tip to the Morris County sheriff’s CrimeStoppers program in February 2020.