Foiled heroin smuggler gets 10-year term

August 15, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Debra Minnick Monroe received a 10-year prison sentence with no parole yesterday for her guilty plea in a March 1995 attempt to smuggle heroin into the Carroll County Detention Center.

Monroe, 37, of Hunt Valley in Baltimore County received the no-parole term from Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. because she had four prior felony convictions, said Theresa Adams, senior assistant state's attorney.

Monroe pleaded guilty in June to one count of possession with intent to distribute the drug, with the understanding that prosecutors would request 10 years without parole.

Deputies stopped Monroe outside the Detention Center in Westminster and found 3.6 grams of heroin packaged with cigarettes and condoms.

The foiled plot had Monroe giving the drugs to a trusty outside the jail, with the trusty delivering them to her boyfriend.

Pub Date: 8/15/96

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