A physical therapist, who filed a civil suit to retain partial ownership of a Fairfield County business with a Darien location, was caught trying to bring crystal methamphetamine into state Superior Court in Stamford prior to a hearing Monday morning, authorities said.
Craig Wood, 44, of 51 Erdmann Lane, Wilton, was charged by State Police with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $2,500 bond.
According to a report from the state judicial marshals, Wood came though the metal detector at the entrance to the courthouse at 9:05 a.m. and set off an alarm indicating he had something metallic near his lower leg.
The marshal asked Wood to pull up his pants leg and noticed a bulge in Wood's sock. Wood told the marshal, "it's just a pen top." Wood then pulled a grey pen top out of his sock and handed it to the marshal. The marshal found a clear red baggie inside the pen top, the report said.
When asked what the object was, Wood told the marshal that he was there for a "corporate matter" relating to a civil suit.
Wood was then taken to the court lockup to await a state trooper called to investigate the matter. The trooper tested the contents of the small plastic bag, which came back positive for crystal methamphetamine. Wood was then taken to the Troop G barracks in Bridgeport where he was processed for arrest.
Wood's Stamford-based defense attorney, Mark Sherman, declined to comment on the specifics of the case, but said the allegations have not been confirmed by the state laboratory.
"We will respond to the allegations at the appropriate time and look forward to a quick resolution and dismissal of these charges," Sherman said.
According to the civil suit filed by Wood, he is a minority shareholder in a holding company that owns Moore Physical Therapy Services LLC, which has five physical therapy centers employing 25 people in Darien, Wilton, Stamford and the Southport section of Fairfield.
Wood, a state certified physical therapist and president and chief operating officer of the holding company that owns the business, claims in his suit that other shareholders -- also physical therapists at the centers -- have come together to force him out without cause. The suit claims they are also trying to force out Robert Moore, the chief executive officer.
The suit says the other shareholders wanted a buyout but set an unreasonable price on the shares, and there were insufficient assets to fund the buyout.