Did you hear the one about the Manhattan teacher who brought heroin to jury duty?
That’s not a joke. That actually happened yesterday during a murder trial at a Manhattan courthouse.
But 33-year-old Damian Esteban didn’t just bring a little bit of heroin to a murder trial — he brought 18 bags of it. Needless to say, he was arrested.
Esteban, a teacher at the Williamsburg School of Architecture and Design in Brooklyn, is a juror in the murder trial of accused killer Jamal Armstead for the 2008 murder of a teen on the Upper West Side.
As first reported by The New York Times, Esteban returned to the
courthouse yesterday after a brief recess. When he did, he had to pass
through a metal detector, which is where things went terribly wrong for
As he passed through the metal detector, it went
off. It was revealed that the foil in a pack of cigarettes is what
caused the machine to beep.
When court security opened the pack of cigarettes, they found the 18 bags of heroin.
Estaban was promptly arrested. He’s expected to be arraigned today.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 18, 2012