Waldoboro woman sentenced for smuggling drugs into jail

By Juliette Laaka | Feb 04, 2013

Rockland — A Waldoboro resident, who was convicted of trafficking prison contraband, was sentenced to 100 days in jail for attempting to bring Suboxone into Knox County Jail in January 2012.

Karena Parker, 35, was in Knox County Superior Court Jan. 30 on two counts — one for trafficking prison contraband, which she pleaded guilty to, and criminal conspiracy, which was dismissed.

She was also charged with violating a condition of release and sentenced to 90 days in Knox County Jail.

In January 2012, Knox County Jail staff intercepted contraband that was unsuccessfully smuggled into the jail in a package of boxer shorts.

Upon further investigation by staff, the package appeared to be tampered with, and an orange powder substance was found in the waistband of the shorts. The powder was believed to be the drug Suboxone, according to court documents.

The package was delivered by a male and female for 36-year-old inmate Paul Heino.The male identified himself as John Davis.

After the contraband was discovered, the Knox County Sheriff's Office requested the jail administrator review Heino's past telephone records, and lobby video footage of the man bringing in the package. The woman with Davis was identified as Karena Parker, state court documents.

Phone records showed the package delivered to Heino was a ruse, and that another inmate — Parker's boyfriend — Corey Main, 37, had requested the drugs be stashed in the short's waistband. The plan to bring the shorts to Heino had been designed to divert suspicion from Main.

Phone records also indicated the name John Davis was a false moniker, and the real name of the man dropping off the package was 44-year-old Daniel Morse, according to police reports.

Conversations between Main, Parker and Morse illustrated their plan. All four people, including Heino, involved in the scheme were listed as defendants.

Parker was represented by attorney Dale Lavi.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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