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Case against lawyer accused of smuggling Suboxone put on inactive docket

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Suboxone is used to treat opioid dependence. (File photo)

A Baltimore attorney accused of smuggling Suboxone to a client in prison had his case placed on the inactive docket by prosecutors Tuesday.

Steven Thurman Mitchell, 55, was charged in Washington County Circuit Court last year with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of contraband, intent to deliver contraband and delivery of contraband, according to online court records.

On Wednesday, Mitchell confirmed that the charges had received a “stet,” placing them on the inactive docket. Mitchell said that if he completes 25 hours of community service within 90 days, he can return and ask for the charges to be dismissed and then take steps to expunge them.

Michele Ferris-Hansen, the assistant state’s attorney who handled the case, confirmed the disposition and conditions but declined to comment further.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services accused Mitchell of bringing strips of Suboxone, which is used for the treatment of opioid dependence, into the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown in binders.

Mitchell was stopped on his way out of the prison after visiting a client because correctional officers said they noticed he did not have two of the binders he had when he entered, according to a news release from DPSCS. The folders Mitchell left with his client were searched and allegedly contained 125 strips of Suboxone, the release said.

Mitchell declined to comment Wednesday on the case because it is still pending. His attorney, Derrick Hamlin, was not immediately available for comment.

The case is State v. Steven Thurman Mitchell, C-21-CR-19-000580.

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