Correctional officer accused of smuggling marijuana

June 27, 2006

A 22-year-old correctional officer has been charged with smuggling marijuana into a Baltimore prison for an inmate, authorities said yesterday.

Antwan Blackwell of the 3900 block of Dorchester Road was arrested Friday at the Metropolitan Transition Center and charged with possession and possession with intent to sell marijuana, and two counts of intent to deliver to an inmate, according to charging documents.

Blackwell underwent a procedural search for contraband about 8:30 a.m. by a fellow officer when he entered the institution's inner compound. The officer found a medium-sized clear plastic sandwich bag containing "a greenish brown leafy material," according to charging documents.

Blackwell told authorities that he had arranged to deliver the marijuana to an inmate in exchange for $100, the documents said.

Blackwell was released the next day pending proceedings.

Mark A. Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said last night he could not access records on Blackwell's employment.

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