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May 11, 2007

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
(617) 961-6650


In August of 2005, Investigators from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department began investigating allegations that certain employees of the Department were involved in facilitating the purchase of illicit narcotics for eventual sale and distribution to inmates housed at the Suffolk County House of Correction. Extensive efforts by the Sheriff’s Investigative Division uncovered a conspiracy involving Correction Officer Kenneth J. Nobile, Jr., a 17–year employee assigned to the House of Correction and three individuals not associated with the Sheriff’s Department, Jean Signorino, 58, Danielle Aluia, 23, and John Cincotti, 45, all of Revere, MA and others not yet named.

During the 20–month long probe, the Sheriff’s investigative team developed crucial evidence regarding the conspiracy through extensive surveillance and other methods. Department investigators enlisted the assistance of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police in obtaining a search warrant that was executed by Sheriffs investigators when Nobile reported for work early Thursday morning May 10th. Seized from Nobile during a search of his person was a cylindrical object approximately four inches in length containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and seven small, round, brownish–white objects believed to be heroin.

Nobile was arrested and arraigned May 10th at Boston Municipal Court and released on $25,000 cash bail. Signorino, Aluia and Cincotti were arrested by State and Revere Police and Sheriff’s investigators during the evening of May 10th, and are scheduled for arraignment on Friday, May 11th, before Judge Summerville at Boston Municipal Court. The investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are anticipated.

“As I said yesterday, the work of the Sheriff’s Investigative Division on this case was outstanding, ” reiterated Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

“I have zero tolerance for the introduction of drugs or other contraband into the Suffolk County Jail or House of Correction,” stated Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral. “These arrests are the results of our continuing efforts since 2003 to maintain a safe and secure environment at our facilities. Offenders will be arrested and they will be referred for prosecution. We are thankful for the cooperation we received from other law enforcement agencies and pleased by their recognition of the tremendous efforts of our investigators.”

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