Guards blocked a drug smuggling attempt at a Jessup prison

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jun 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 09:20:27-04

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said guards at a Jessup prison blocked a drug smuggling attempt.

According to authorities, 20-year-old Daniel Lamont Johnson tried to visit Dorsey Run Correctional Facility at 2020 Toulson Road at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. That's when the department’s Intelligence and Investigative Division, K-9 Unit members set up a checkpoint after receiving a tip to stop Johnson.

After guards intercepted Johnson's attempt, they recovered 55 strips of the narcotic suboxone.

Johnson was taken to the Maryland State Police barracks in Glen Burnie before appearing in Anne Arundel County District Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

The department said Johnson told officers he intended to bring the contraband into the prison for his inmate cousin. He was charged with drug possession, possession with intent to distribute, possession in a place of confinement and possessing contraband in a place of confinement.

On Friday, officers at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown recovered 125 suboxone strips given to an inmate by a Baltimore attorney, who was arrested and charged.

Officials said this was the second recovery of the weekend.