5 jail inmates charged in alleged smuggling attempt

March 22, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Five inmates at the Carroll County Detention Center, one of whom had expected to be released tomorrow after serving time since 1993, have been charged with an attempt to bring heroin into the jail.

John P. Minor, 25, told a court commissioner yesterday that he would have been released tomorrow after serving a sentence for assault and theft.

Police said an inmate set up a scheme to have his girlfriend bring heroin to the detention center and drop the drug in a trash bin.

The girlfriend was also to leave condoms with the heroin so it could be smuggled into the center for the inmates, police said.

Cpl. Mark Gonder of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force wrote in District Court documents that he became aware of the scheme and he and other officers watched the trash bin March 8. He said he observed a vehicle pull up to the trash bin, then drive away.

The officers followed the auto and stopped it out of sight of the detention center. A search of the vehicle revealed six waxed paper envelopes containing heroin and condoms, police said.

Officers arrested the driver and a passenger.

Corporal Gonder filed the charges Saturday, but the inmates were not brought before a court commissioner until yesterday.

Charged with drug and conspiracy counts are Minor; Michael W. Stein, 33; Charles Brightful, 20; John W. Johnson, 27; and Brian Kappauf, 23.

All five remained in the detention center yesterday evening.

Also arrested were Debra Ann Minnick and Betty Jean Beck, charged with numerous heroin-related offenses and conspiracy.

The women were released after posting bond, according to court records.

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