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Smokes smuggler gets suspended sentence

February 28, 2000

A Washington, D.C., man who tried to smuggle tobacco and matches to an inmate at the Washington County Detention Center last year entered a guilty plea Monday.

James Sterling Adams-Bey appeared before Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone and admitted he attempted to smuggle contraband.

Boone gave Adams-Bey a three-year suspended sentence and placed him on unsupervised probation for three years.

"I want you to leave Washington County and not return," Boone said.

Adams-Bey, 47, recently was released from Lorton Prison in Virginia and is on parole, according to his defense attorney, Eric Reed.

The March 5, 1999, incident came to light when Adams-Bey arrived at the jail and attempted to deliver clothing and bedroom slippers to an inmate.

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A check of the slippers revealed loose tobacco and several matches had been hidden inside the sole, court records said. The Washington County Detention Center is a smoke-free zone.

- Marlo Barnhart

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