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Woman charged with trying to smuggle drugs to inmate

July 27, 2010

A Baltimore woman was charged Monday with attempting to smuggle heroin and cocaine to an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution, according to Washington County District Court records.

Darlene Tina Lovings, 47, was charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics to someone in confinement, attempted delivery of contraband and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, court records show.

Lovings appeared in District Court for a bail review Tuesday before District Judge Mark D. Thomas, who kept her bail at $75,000.

Two Division of Correction sergeants were conducting drug interdiction in the RCI visiting room Monday morning and asked Lovings if she had any contraband, the statement of probable cause in the case said. Lovings pulled a yellow balloon from her bra and told the officers she had more drugs in a bag in the transport van that took her to Roxbury, the statement said.

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The officers also found a brown paper bag in Lovings' shorts that contained cocaine, crack cocaine and a folded dollar bill containing heroin, the statement of probable cause said. Lovings allegedly told the officers she was taking the drugs to one of the inmates.

A preliminary hearing for Lovings was scheduled for Sept. 29, court records show.

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