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WILKES-BARRE — An inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was charged Wednesday with possessing a metal bolt with a sharpened point.

David Andrew “Chops” Hines, 31, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged by county detectives with possession of a weapon, possessing instruments of crime and tampering with evidence. Hines was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and remanded to the county prison for lack of $30,000 bail.

Hines has been jailed at the county prison for lack of $60,000 bail on separate drug offenses filed by Kingston police in September, according to court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

Hines, wearing an inmate jacket, and another inmate were arguing in a cell block on May 19. Correctional officers said Hines never wears a jacket and kept his hand inside a jacket pocket.

As Hines and the other inmate approached one another, correctional officers moved in to stop a possible fight. Hines ran into his cell and tried to flush a 6 1/2-inch-long bolt down a toilet, the complaint says. The bolt was removed from a crutch handle and sharpened to a point, according to the complaint.

A search of Hines’ cell revealed a plastic deodorant cap filled with a mixture of paper and toothpaste. The cap had a hole in its center and used as a handle for the sharpened bolt, the complaint says.

Kingston police charged Hines with selling heroin in the area of Market Street and Wyoming Avenue on Aug. 9 and Aug. 21, 2013, according to the criminal complaints.

Hines is facing several drug trafficking offenses in county court.

A preliminary hearing on the latest charges is scheduled on June 5 before Kane.

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