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Tyrone David, wearing a black hood, leaves the sheriff's van outside Dartmouth provincial court in Oct. 2009. ((CBC))

A Nova Scotia deputy sheriff accused of trying to smuggle drugs into jail has been arrested for breaching conditions of his release.

Tyrone David is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court on Monday to face an additional charge for breaking his curfew.

RCMP officers picked up the 41-year-old in the Halifax community of Lakeside on Sunday night after he allegedly ignored an order to remain in his residence between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"Normally when people are on conditions from the court — release conditions or probation, for that matter — officers will periodically check on those people," said RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae.

"In this situation involving Mr. David, our officers believed that he may have been violating his curfew. Officers went to his residence to ensure that Mr. David was in compliance and found him not to be home."

MacRae said David arrived home a short time later and was arrested.

David was initially charged in October 2009 after police allegedly saw a young woman pass an envelope containing drugs to a uniformed sheriff's deputy in a parking lot on Pleasant Street in Dartmouth.

David was arrested a few minutes later as he arrived at Dartmouth provincial court.

He was charged with 12 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, breach of trust and accepting a bribe, and was later released on $50,000 recognizance.

Police allege the drugs were destined for the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth through the holding cells at the courthouse.

Sources have told CBC News that the woman allegedly involved in the drug trade — Kathleen Kierans — is the girlfriend of Jimmy Melvin Jr., who was in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility at the time.

David no longer works for the sheriffs department.

With files from The Canadian Press