Man gets 18 months in jail ‘contraband’ case
— A man who tried to smuggle a prescription painkiller into the Cecil County Detention Center via the sole of a pair of shoes received an 18-month jail term Thursday.
Retired Cecil County Circuit Court Judge V. Michael Whelan imposed a threeyear sentence on the defendant, Travis James Newsome, 25, of Aberdeen, and then suspended half of it.
Whelan ordered Newsome to serve four years of supervised probation after he completes his 18-month term, which he will serve in the Cecil County Detention Center.
judge’s sentence matched a recommendation made by Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin B. Urick.
On April 7, as part of a plea deal, Newsome had pleaded guilty to possession of contraband with intent to deliver to an inmate. In this case, according to prosecutors, the contraband was Suboxone, a prescription opiate.
On that same day, prosecutors placed the criminal case against Newsome’s codefendant, Renee A. Frank, 30, also of Aberdeen, on the stet, or inactive, docket. A stetted case remains open for three years. The state can elect to prosecute during the first year. During the last two years, however, the state must first convince a judge that reason- able cause exists to prosecute.
The pair of shoes was part of an outfit that Newsome dropped off at the county jail, purportedly so the unnamed inmate would look presentable for a court appearance, according to court records.
Newsome came into the lobby of the detention center at 500 Landing Lane near Elkton about 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 3 and told authorities he wanted to drop off “court clothes” for an inmate, police reported.
During the routine inspection, a jail property officer found Suboxone concealed inside the sole of one of the black shoes, police said. The drug was in the form of 11 thin strips, or films, that dissolve when placed under the tongue, police added. That form is known as sublingual suboxone, which can manage moderate to severe chronic pain and commonly is used to treat heroin addicts trying to kick the habit.
Deputies arrested Newsome inside the building and Frank in the detention center parking lot, police said. Investigators identified Frank as the suspect who had driven Newsome to the jail to deliver the drug, police added.
During her police interview, Frank implied that she was unaware that Newsome would be delivering the drug to the jail, police reported.
As it turns out, accord- ing to court records, jail officials were aware of a plan to deliver contraband inside shoes after “monitor- ing phone conversations” involving Newsome at the detention center during the preceding days.