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It was only after the judge agreed to release the woman that the sergeant began looking for a treatment program to which he could bring her, Machera said Wednesday. He said he was told by a probation officer that the sergeant was frantically dialing numbers for various programs after the judge ruled that Miller-Brown could be released.

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello, who was not at Wednesday’s hearing, said his sergeant, Jeremiah Nicastro, says he never addressed Machera prior to the judge’s decision to release her, and says no attempt was made to mislead anyone.

The Gloucester Police Department and Campanello have received national media attention and accolades for its innovative angel program, which pairs addicts seeking help with angels who agree to help them obtain treatment instead of police arresting and charging the addicts with drug possession.

On the day Machera was asked to release Miller-Brown, a Dateline NBC camera crew was also in the courtroom to record the moment the sergeant stood up and indicated he would take Miller-Brown to a treatment program, according to some of those present for the March 15 proceeding in Salem District Court.

In addition to not disclosing he hadn’t yet secured a treatment placement for Miller-Brown, Nicastro never mentioned she had already failed at a prior attempt at treatment through the angel program, Machera said, something the judge said he would have also wanted to take into account.

Miller-Brown was arrested Feb. 8 by Salem police after attempting to steal $116 worth of toiletries from a CVS store on Essex Street, the latest in a long record of similar shoplifting arrests, enough arrests to trigger the possibility of a jail term.

Based on the possibility of jail and her criminal record, Miller-Brown was held in custody, unable to make $1,000 bail in the case. Her court-appointed lawyer, Paul Woods Sr., and a prosecutor, Megan MacKenzie, meanwhile worked out an agreement for Miller-Brown to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of time served and probation, including a condition that she take part in drug treatment.

During the March 15 plea hearing, Machera said he was willing to go along with the agreement but was concerned about releasing her to the street rather than directly to an in-patient drug program. Typically, probation officers help arrange for treatment.

Campanello said that’s part of the way they run the program. We’re not involved in the court proceeding whatsoever. We have no contact with the judge, no contact with the defense attorney and no contact with the prosecutor. We don’t get involved in the court proceeding, unless asked, he said, by the courts.

Asked if he had any reaction to Miller-Brown’s overdose the day after she was released, Campanello called the question inflammatory. Asked if those running the angel program take into account that a defendant might lie to get out of trouble, he said, This is an extremely complicated disease that we’re dealing with.

Now, the question for Machera is whether to find that the young woman violated the terms of her probation, as the probation department is asking, or re-sentence her in the case, as the prosecution is requesting. The judge, who said he would like the probation department to find a treatment program for Miller-Brown, will hold another hearing Thursday.