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Night club surveillance footage clears man of narcotics charges

Published by Jennifer on March 18, 2008 1:33 PM

It's a good thing that 27 year old Christopher Hague, of Staten Island NY, asked to see the surveillance video from the bar where he was arrested. Hague was taken into custody in 2007 when the NYPD tied him to a leather jacket containing narcotics.

Hague claimed that he was not the owner of the coat, nor was he responsible for any of the contents found inside. However, without any substantial evidence to support his claim, Hague was uneasily facing trial - until prosecutors saw the tapes. Police officers at the scene alleged that Hague removed the jacket and put it behind the bar; but the tape shows the jacket being worn by someone else before Hague even entered the club, and Hague is not shown recording or interacting with the incriminating leather coat in any way.

Bar surveillance cameras are often used to track and prevent problems like internal theft and raucous fights and behavior, but it can also come in handy at the most unexpected time. Just ask Christopher Hague - the difference between freedom and jail time for him was all caught on camera.


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