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Two more charged in jail drug trafficking case

November 23, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Another Washington County Detention Center inmate and a Hagerstown woman have been charged in connection with a case in which a corrections deputy is accused of smuggling drugs to inmates.

Earlier this month, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office charged Correctional Deputy Leslie Allen Martin Jr., 29, of 10136 George Circle, Hagerstown, with bringing the prescription painkillers into the detention center.

The charges included distribution of narcotics, distribution of narcotics to a confined person, attempted distribution and several criminal conspiracy charges.

Robert D. Hilliard Jr. and Amanda Nicole Turner, both 26 and of 1010 Bramly Court, Hagerstown, were charged Tuesday as part of the same investigation, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the sheriff’s office.

Hilliard was already in jail awaiting trial on homicide by motor vehicle in the October death of motorcyclist Richard Burchfield II, 45, of Oil City, Pa., when the drug offenses allegedly occurred between Nov. 2 and 5, according to county District Court records.

Hilliard is now charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, criminal conspiracy to deliver contraband, conspiracy to deliver narcotics to a person in confinement, conspiracy to possess narcotics in confinement and conspiracy to receive or possess narcotics while in confinement, the records said.

Turner is charged with two counts each of distributing narcotics and possession of narcotics and one count each of conspiracy to deliver narcotics to a person in confinement and conspiracy to deliver contraband, the records said.

At the time Martin was arrested, another inmate, Ronald Eugene Wilson II, 35, was charged with possession of narcotics and conspiracy offenses. Brittany Danielle Hose, 24, of Hagerstown, was also charged with similar offenses for allegedly helping smuggle drugs into the jail, the records said.

Prior to the arrest of Martin, Wilson and Hose, the sheriff’s office monitored telephone calls between Wilson and Hose, the charging documents said. Martin was also caught on video surveillance cameras leaving the booking section and going to Wilson’s cell, the documents said.

Hose was interviewed by police on Nov. 10 and told them that Turner, who is Hilliard’s girlfriend, provided her Xanax and Klonopin pills on Nov. 3, the documents said.

Investigators then reviewed monitored phone calls between Hilliard and Turner that were made both before and after the arrests of Martin, Wilson and Hose. In those calls, Hilliard and Turner allegedly discussed smuggling drugs into the center, and Hilliard conspired with Wilson to sell the drugs in exchange for commissary goods, the documents said.

In a call with Turner on Nov. 6, Hilliard allegedly made reference to the arrest of the deputy and the search of Hose’s home, the  documents said.

“The word in here is the (deputy) got hemmed up, and they ran up in (Brittany’s) house,” Hilliard is quoted as saying in the charging documents.

The investigation into drug smuggling at the detention center is continuing, Detective Greg Alton said in a sheriff’s office news release.

In addition to the homicide-by-vehicle charge, Hilliard faces 20 other charges, including drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident, in the Oct. 6 death of Burchfield, who died at Meritus Medical Center of injuries he sustained in a four-vehicle crash on Eastern Boulevard.

The vehicle Hilliard was driving allegedly struck another car, which in turn hit Burchfield’s motorcycle, pinning him beneath it, the charging documents said.

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