2 city jail workers charged with smuggling

Food employees allegedly tried to sneak drugs

January 01, 2000|By Neal Thompson | Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF

Two employees of the Baltimore City Detention Center's dietary department have been charged with attempting to smuggle cigarettes and drugs into the jail, corrections officials said yesterday.

LaMont W. Flanagan, commissioner of pretrial detention and services at the center, said corrections officers had been tipped off that two workers might attempt to smuggle contraband into the jail.

"We were informed of their suspicious activity," Flanagan said.

Baltimore police and drug-sniffing dogs staked out the employee entrance early Thursday.

The first arrest occurred about 5: 50 a.m. when, Flanagan said, an employee with the Correctional Food Service reported to work carrying seven packs of cigarettes, which were discovered during a search by the police dog unit.

Ronald Washington, 45, of the 200 block of Duncan St., was charged with possession of contraband with the intent to deliver it to inmates.

Smoking is not allowed at the detention center. Washington was being held yesterday on $15,000 bail.

The second arrest was made about 12: 35 p.m. when another food service worker was stopped at the employee entrance and found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Flanagan said.

Michelle Wilson, 37, of the 1500 block of Montpelier St., was charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver them to an inmate. She also was being held on $15,000 bail at the detention center.

Flanagan said employees are normally patted down before entering the detention center.

The inspections, he said, are intended to keep weapons out of the jail.

But after receiving the tip about possible smuggling, officials decided to call in the police dog unit.

"It's unfortunate that these people have gotten into the drug trade and now have an arrest on their record," said Flanagan.

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