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NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, STUART AUSTIN GAIDOSH, 42, of New Bern, pled guilty to charges arising out of his attempt to smuggle drugs into the Craven County Detention Center, and was sentenced to a prison term totaling 32 to 58 months. Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee.

Gaidosh reported to the Craven County Detention Center following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest for a misdemeanor assault. Once in custody, he was placed in a holding cell near the booking desk. Gaidosh was acting strangely, and one of the jail officers observed him in the holding cell, apparently extracting contraband from a body cavity. Two officers entered the cell, ordered Gaidosh to put down the items, and saw Gaidosh attempting to throw the contraband into the toilet. He was stopped, and after a brief struggle, was handcuffed.


The items he had brought into the jail included a lighter, several cigarettes, a small bag of marijuana, and a number of pills later determined to be clonazepam (often referred to as Klonopin). Both marijuana and clonazepam are controlled substances which are forbidden by law to be possessed within a jail or prison facility.

Gaidosh pled guilty to two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance in Prison or Jail Premises. Judge Pate sentenced Gaidosh to consecutive prison terms of 16 to 29 months each, totaling 32 to 58 months. She recommended Gaidosh for vocational and drug programs while in the Division of Adult Correction.

NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.