Woman pleads guilty in drug scheme
By Joe Beck
FRONT ROYAL — A town resident pleaded guilty Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to three offenses linked to an attempt to slip a prescription drug to her son as he coped with the effects of heroin withdrawal while he was in jail.
Judge Dennis L. Hupp also found Charlene Maria Jordan, 46, guilty of probation violations that could carry much longer prison terms than the plea agreement Hupp accepted.
Jordan is accused of conspiring with a juvenile to surreptitiously leave a strip of Suboxone by a window in the office of the clerk of General District Court on Feb. 11.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming told Hupp that Jordan’s son, Brian Thomas Martin, appeared in court the same day that Jordan committed her offenses. Fleming said Martin was supposed to pick up the Suboxone strip when he left the courtroom to fill out some paperwork at the clerk’s window.
The plan was thwarted when Martin did not have to appear at the clerk’s window. Fleming said the juvenile returned to the clerk’s window to pick up the strip, which had been left on the floor. The juvenile’s actions were recorded on a video device, Fleming said.
Fleming also said authorities had taped “a number of telephone conversations” between Martin, Jordan and the juvenile during which they plotted to deliver the Suboxone to Martin.
Defense attorney David Downes admitted his client used “horrible judgment” in what he described as an attempt to relieve Martin’s grueling symptoms of heroin withdrawal.
Martin is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 4 on eight drug offenses, the majority of them heroin related.
In an interview after the hearing, Downes said Jordan had obtained the Suboxone legally through a doctor and had tried without success to persuade jail authorities to allow her son to use it.
“Without the Suboxone, it’s really ugly, and that’s what was happening,” Downes said of Martin’s withdrawal experience.
Jordan pleaded guilty of conspiring to deliver Suboxone to an inmate, attempting to deliver Suboxone to an inmate and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Fleming agreed to drop two related charges in exchange for the guilty pleas.
The plea agreement calls for Jordan to serve 12 months in jail, plus whatever suspended sentence and probation time Hupp chooses to impose at a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 2.
Jordan is also facing the possibility of additional prison time for violating terms of an earlier probation sentence.
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