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Hagerstown man arrested after drug mailed to detention center

Scott Alan Keller has been charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance

March 17, 2011

A Hagerstown man has been arrested following an investigation into a narcotic drug being mailed to the Washington County Detention Center, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Scott Alan Keller, 26, 226 East Franklin St., has been charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and delivery of a controlled dangerous substance in a place of confinement, said Cpl. Greg Alton of the sheriff's office.

Keller was released from the detention center on Western Maryland Parkway Thursday afternoon after posting a $30,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.

Keller's arrest followed an investigation of the drug Suboxone being delivered to the jail, Alton said.

Suboxone is a narcotic used to treat drug addiction, and the narcotic itself is abused, according to Alton.

Investigators started looking into Suboxone being mailed to the jail while they were conducting an unrelated investigation, Alton said. Police monitored telephone calls to jail inmates as part of the investigation, he said.

On Wednesday, sheriff's office investigators, Hagerstown Police Department officers and other law enforcement authorities searched Keller's apartment and found numerous empty and unopened packs of Suboxone, suspected marijuana and paraphernalia, the news release said.

 As investigators were searching the building, they also found Stacey Nicole Smoot, 29, in a downstairs apartment.

Smoot was arrested on an outstanding warrant, charging her with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property of less than $500 in value and theft of $1,000 to less than $10,000, the release said.

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