Man is accused of trying to deliver drugs to inmate


A Baltimore man was arrested yesterday and accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a Jessup prison.

Frederick L. Burchfield, 29, of the 5500 block of Whitby Road was arrested after obtaining six packets of heroin on April 6 to be delivered to an unidentified inmate at the Patuxent Institution, police said.

Burchfield was charged with possession of heroin and possession with intent to distribute.

State police said the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore learned last summer of allegations that drugs were being smuggled into the prison, and an investigation was launched by criminal investigators in the Waterloo barracks.

On April 5, Burchfield allegedly contacted an undercover member of Carroll's drug task force and arranged to meet the next day to pick up heroin to be delivered to the inmate.

On April 6, police said, Burchfield met with the undercover officer -- who was posing as a drug dealer -- and was given six packets of heroin and $75 for the delivery.

After the transaction, police said they identified themselves and recovered the drugs and money, but Burchfield was not charged at the time because the investigation was continuing.

Burchfield was charged after he arrived at the Waterloo barracks yesterday to meet with investigators.

He was in custody last night pending a bail review hearing.

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