Baltimore man who attempted smuggling heroin to inmate given provisional suspended sentence

July 15, 2011

A Washington County Circuit Court judge this week suspended the sentence of a Baltimore man who tried to smuggle heroin to an inmate he did not even know at the  Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Tuesday gave Sean Rodney Bond, 37, a five-year suspended sentence and three years of probation, with the provision that he successfully complete a six-month, in-patient drug-rehabilitation program run by the Salvation Army.

Officials at Roxbury, located south of Hagerstown, were alerted that someone would attempt to bring in drugs on Jan. 16, and a drug-sniffing dog detected narcotics on Bond, according to the statement of facts read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler.

Bond handed over a balloon filled with other balloons containing heroin, she said.

Bond had been "very cooperative" with authorities after his arrest, Pauler said. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin to a confined person and possession of heroin in exchange for his plea to possession with intent to distribute heroin, she said.

Pauler told Long that Bond learned in Baltimore there were people willing to pay others to deliver drugs to inmates. He had been contacted by telephone by a person who agreed to pay him $350 after the drugs were delivered, she said.

Bond was directed to meet another person in Baltimore who gave him the drugs, Pauler said. Bond told Long he had never met the inmate to whom he agreed to give the drugs at the prison visitors center.

Bond told Long he had learned about getting paid for delivering drugs to prison from "some individuals I was hanging with at the time." He said he did not know how his name was placed on the inmate's list of approved visitors.

Bond had no previous criminal record, according to Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey.

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