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Woman gets prison term for trying to smuggle drugs to RCI inmate

May 27, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Glen Burnie, Md., woman who attempted to smuggle drugs to her brother at Roxbury Correctional Institution pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Johanna Jean Fout, 23, to 10 years in prison, then suspended all but four years. In exchange for the plea, charges of possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of contraband with intent to deliver and possession with intent to distribute marijuana were dismissed, according to court records.

"The good news is you have no prior criminal record," Beachley told Fout. "The bad news is this is a felony. There's more bad news."

Beachley said he had just finished sentencing a man on another heroin case and had warned the man that drugs are available in prison.

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"How does heroin get into the system? People like you bring it in," Beachley told Fout.

On Feb. 1, 2010, Fout, accompanied by two of her four children, went to RCI to visit her brother, Larry Fout, the statement of probable cause said. Johanna Fout registered as a visitor using her sister's identification, the statement said.

Fout was scanned by a contraband-sniffing Division of Corrections dog that detected a controlled dangerous substance on her person, the statement of probable cause said. She surrendered four balloons to corrections officers that contained marijuana and heroin, the statement said.

Beachley asked Fout why her brother was in prison.

"Murder," she answered.

Fout had been driven to the prison by another woman, who then gave Fout the drugs, Assistant Public Defender Jerome Joyce told Beachley. Fout had no knowledge the woman was carrying the drugs until they arrived at the prison, he said.

The woman told Fout to get the drugs to her brother, otherwise, "he would be killed by DMI," Joyce said, referring to a prison gang, Dead Men Incorporated. The woman then drove off, he said.

Fout told Beachley she did not know whether the other woman was ever charged in the case.

"I think your sentence should be significantly higher than the state is recommending," said Beachley, although he stayed with the recommended four years in prison. He told her he had, in the past, sentenced correctional officers to prison for smuggling contraband to inmates.

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