Man gets 18 months in jail ‘con­tra­band’ case

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON


— 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.

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