Prison Guard Busted On Drug Smuggling Charges

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Maryland prison officials have accused a 22-year-old correctional officer of trying to smuggle marijuana and tobacco into the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Krista Blank, of Mount Savage, planned to deliver the contraband to inmates at the medium-security institution.

The agency said it was alerted by other correctional officers and an internal intelligence unit led to the discovery of the contraband inside a staff restroom at the prison.

Blank could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all four counts of marijuana and contraband possession and possession with intent to deliver the materials inside a prison.

Blank has no home telephone listing, and her union representatives didn’t immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

Sue Esty, assistant director of the Maryland branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the state workers’ union, said any judgment would be premature until Blank has had an opportunity to present evidence in her defense.


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