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Washington County Sheriff's Office correctional deputy arrested on drug charges

Man caught on video going to inmate's cell

November 07, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A correctional deputy accused of supplying drugs to a Washington County Detention Center inmate was caught on video going to the inmate’s cell when he was supposed to be working in the jail’s booking section, according to the statement of probable cause filed in Washington County District Court.

Leslie Allen Martin Jr., 29, of 10136 St. George Circle, Hagerstown, appeared before District Judge Mark D. Thomas by closed-circuit television from the detention center Monday for a bond review hearing. Charges against Martin include distribution of narcotics, distribution of narcotics to a confined person, attempted distribution and several criminal conspiracy charges, court records show.

Thomas lowered Martin’s bond from $250,000 to $125,000.

Defense attorney John Salvatore asked for a lower bond, telling Thomas that Martin was no threat to flee and had no previous criminal record. Martin also “acknowledges a dependence on painkilling medications,” Salvatore said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Veil argued against a lower bond, citing the seriousness of the charges and breach of jail security.

Ronald Eugene Wilson II, 34, of 15737 Fenton Ave., Apt. 6, Williamsport, was picked up on an outstanding warrant Nov. 1, the statement of probable cause said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office monitored calls Wilson made from the detention center, the document said. Wilson made several calls to Brittany Danielle Hose, 24, of 1166 Corbett St., Hagerstown, and “Wilson and Hose appear to be speaking in code” about drugs, the charging document said.

In one call, Wilson asks Hose if she had gotten in contact with “the other guy,” and she replies that she has and quotes him a price of $5, the charging document said. Wilson tells Hose to text the man that “I need six or seven of them tonight,” the document said.

The next day, Hose asked Wilson if he got “them,” the charging document said. Wilson says “yeah” and asks her if she “put the 50 in there,” the document said.

A detective told Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore that he suspected a correctional deputy was “bringing prescription medications into the center and supplying them to Wilson,” the charging document said. Mullendore told the investigator he received information several months ago that a correctional deputy smuggled drugs to Wilson during a previous incarceration, the document said.

Investigators on Thursday contacted the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. Agents provided information they had tying Martin to providing Oxycontin to Wilson and another inmate, the charging document said. An individual who knew Martin told investigators that Hose coordinated the deliveries and paid Martin, the document said.

Martin worked the midnight shift in the jail’s booking section Thursday, but video surveillance showed him leaving there and briefly going to Wilson’s cell, the charging document said. Surveillance video that night also showed Hose depositing $50 into a kiosk in the jail’s lobby that went to Wilson’s commissary account, the document said.

Detectives searched Hose’s home Friday, the charging document said. A search of her purse turned up two doses of Suboxone, a controlled substance, the document said. Her cellphone also contained several text messages to and from Martin, the document said.

At 12:02 a.m. Saturday, detectives met Martin as he reported to work, the charging document said. He was searched and found to have two doses of Suboxone in his wallet, the document said.

Wilson was in jail on $100,000 on new charges of possession of narcotics, conspiracy and other drug offenses, court records show. Hose was being held on $75,000 bail on similar charges.

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