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Inmate charged in drug tracking waives hearing

June 19, 2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Virginia man who allegedly was trafficking in drugs while on work release from Northampton County Prison waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Kyle J. Arnott, 26, of Churchville, Va., is charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and a first-degree felony charge of being a member of a corrupt organization.

His alleged accomplice, Christina Redmond, 22, also of Churchville, waived her preliminary hearing on the same charges, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by the attorney general's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, Arnott was serving an 11- to 23-month sentence for theft in Northampton County Prison in Easton, Pa., when he was out on work release on the morning of June 5. He had told prison officials he was self-employed, according to Sean Connolly, a spokesman for the attorney general's office.

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Instead, police allege Redmond drove him from Easton to Harrisonburg, Va., where the two stopped at a house and a warehouse. Police had them under surveillance at the time and allegedly observed a black duffel bag being removed from one vehicle and placed in the one Redmond was driving.

A cardboard box from the warehouse also was placed in their vehicle, according to the affidavit.

After Arnott and Redmond began driving north again, authorities in Virginia stopped the other vehicle from which the duffel bag had been transferred, but no drugs were found. Shortly after, police trailing Redmond and Arnott saw him talking on a cellphone shortly after 4 p.m. and then the vehicle pulled off of Interstate 81 at Exit 5 in Greencastle, Pa.

The affidavit said police lost track of the couple for a time, but saw them leaving the Econo Lodge in Greencastle. It was not until they reached Lehigh County, however, that police pulled them over.

No drugs were found in the vehicle, but the affidavit stated that a key card to an Econo Lodge room was found on Redmond. Police obtained a search warrant for the room and allegedly found one pound of methamphetamine under the bed.

Arnott was returned to Northampton County Prison and Redmond is being held in Franklin County Prison, according to Connolly. Bail for both was set at $250,000, he said.

Both are scheduled for mandatory arraignment on July 30, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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