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Visitor, inmate indicted for smuggling contraband into jail

Posted: August 6, 2013 - 11:01pm

An inmate at the Juneau jail and his visitor were indicted for promoting contraband after a correctional officer observed a woman fumble and drop a bag of paraphernalia in the facility’s visitation room.

According to an affidavit, video surveillance footage from February captures 38-year-old Dawn W. Jerue trying to place a bag next to inmate Rorie C. Miller’s chair, but dropping it as Miller reaches his hand out. Jerue is then seen picking it up off the floor and passing it to Miller, the document states.

A Lemon Creek Correctional Center officer noticed the exchange and immediately informed his supervisor, who placed Miller in a cell for observation. Miller was observed hiding under a blanket, and when officers came into the room, they found him stuffing a brown leafy substance into his mouth and swallowing it. Miller held onto a bag in his hand, but finally dropped it to the floor. The spilled contents included tobacco, three pills and a syringe, according to the charging documents.

Prosecutors said after the incident, Miller provided a urine sample which tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient in marijuana, and that the pills tested positive for the presence of Buprenorphine, a painkiller which is also used to treat opioid addiction.

Miller, 34, is facing one count of promoting contraband in the first degree in connection to the Buprenorphine and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Both those offenses are class ‘C’ felonies which can by punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Prosecutors also tried to indict Miller, and Jerue, for promoting contraband for marijuana, but court documents show the grand jury on Friday failed to return a true bill on those counts.

The affidavit states Jerue admitted in a police interview that she has smuggled in drugs to Miller before, but that she didn’t know how many times. She said she was asked to deliver it by a mutual friend and did not know the contents of the packages she was delivering. She is facing just the one count of promoting contraband in the first degree in connection to the Buprenorphine, which is not permitted in the jail.

Miller has been held in jail since his 2010 arrest on charges relating to dealing drugs. In an earlier court hearing, police said Miller had drugs in his mouth when he was arrested and his jaw had to be pried open by nurses at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Several baggies were extracted, and they tested positive for heroin, meth and marijuana, according to court testimony.

Miller is also facing several other charges in multiple other cases including violating conditions of probation, failure to stop for an officer and perjury.

Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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