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Baltimore attorney charged with smuggling Suboxone into prison

A Baltimore attorney was charged with misdemeanor drug offenses after prison officials said he smuggled Suboxone to a client.

Steven Thurman Mitchell, 54, was charged Friday in Washington County District Court with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of contraband, intent to deliver contraband and delivery of contraband, according to online court records.

A Baltimore solo practitioner, Mitchell was released on his own recognizance Friday. Mitchell declined to comment Monday but said he had retained an attorney.

Mitchell was leaving a client visit at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown Friday afternoon when correctional officers stopped him because he did not have two of the binders he came in with, according to a news release from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

An officer was instructed to take the folders Mitchell had left with his client and a search recovered 125 strips of Suboxone, according to the release.

Suboxone is used for the treatment of opioid dependence, according to the product’s website. It is packaged in film strips meant to be dissolved under the tongue.

DPSCS Secretary Robert L. Green said in a statement that “an attentive officer” was key to the arrest.

“Those that will seek to endanger our staff and the population we are responsible for keeping safe by introducing drugs into our system will be identified, caught and prosecuted,” Green said.

The client Mitchell was visiting has not been charged but was “given a disciplinary infraction” from the prison, according to DPSCS spokesman Gerard Shields, who said the investigation was ongoing.

The case is State v. Steven Thurman Mitchell, D-112-CR-19-001708.

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