A Westminster woman has been charged with trying to send several strips of Suboxone, a narcotic that comes in the form of a sublingual film, to an inmate at the Carroll County Detention Center.
Chastity Forney, 38, was arrested Wednesday and charged with distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, or dispensing controlled dangerous substance; possessing or administering controlled dangerous substance; contraband possession with intent to deliver to a person detained or confined in a place of confinement; conspiracy to deliver contraband; and contraband delivery, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
Forney posted $3,000 bond and was released from jail Thursday, according to electronic court records.
Sheriff's Office investigators on Tuesday became aware of a package sent to an inmate at the detention center that possibly contained contraband. Through the investigation, officers learned that Forney was sending strips of Suboxone to her boyfriend, an inmate in the detention center, by hiding the drug in books, according to a statement of charges.
On March 24, staff at the detention center searched a package meant for inmate Christopher Firor, Forney's boyfriend, that contained the book "Lady Midnight." An officer at the detention center searched the pages and the binding of the book and found three strips of Suboxone, according to the statement.
Suboxone was initially introduced as a drug to help people addicted to opioids to wean themselves off heroin or other drugs. The strips are similar to a Listerine strip, which can be dissolved under the tongue.
Firor would distribute the Suboxone he received from Forney in exchange for commissary items, according to the statement.
Sheriff Jim DeWees and Warden George Hardinger said in November that because the strips are somewhat easy to conceal, they've become a popular form of contraband in the jail.
All packages sent to inmates at the detention center are inspected before being delivered to the inmate, DeWees said in an email.
Books are allowed to be sent to inmates, but they must be sent from a manufacturer or distributor, not an individual. Forney was previously a nurse at the detention center and would have known the policy, according to the statement of charges.
Forney had bought the book via online bookstore Your Online Bookstore, according to the statement. She carefully opened the package and slipped the Suboxone strips into the binding of the book then resealed the package, DeWees said. She then shipped the package to the jail via UPS, according to the statement.
Staff found the UPS label to be suspicious, DeWees said in an email, leading a detective to inspect the book closer.
A preliminary court date had not been set for Forney as of about 7 p.m. Thursday.