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Correctional Deputies locate CDS in cell, inmate charged

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; November 24, 2015 -----  On November 23rd, 2015, at approximately 12:30pm, Correctional Deputies were conducting a routine search of a cell when they located a strip of Suboxone sublingual film. Suboxone sublingual film is typically used to treat opiate addiction, but is also frequently abused due to its concealability. It is considered a Schedule III Drug by the Controlled Substances Act.

Kristina Marie Chesser, 23 years old, was identified as the only inmate with access to the area of the cell in which the Suboxone was located.

Per Sheriff Jim DeWees, “My correctional deputies are very diligent about searching for contraband.  They do regular and random searches of the entire detention center. This contraband was about the size of a Listerine strip and is very difficult to locate.   I order regular shakedowns of the facility and challenge my correctional deputies to find the smallest piece of contraband, and they never disappoint me!”

Chesser was charged with one count of CR5-601 Possession CDS-Not Marijuana and one count of CR9-412 Contraband-Place of Confinement. She has since been released from the Detention Center.

(All individuals are presumed innocent of the pending charges until proven guilty in a court of law)


Carroll County Sheriff's Office congratulates newest graduates of Crisis Intervention Team training

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; October 23, 2015 -----  On Friday, October 23rd, 2015, a group of law enforcement and correctional officers from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Westminster Police, Manchester Police, Carroll Community College, and a member of the United States Secret Service will graduate from Crisis Intervention Team training. The Carroll County Health Department has teamed up with County law enforcement partners to bring this much needed resource to the County.

Crisis Intervention Team training is a 40 hour class designed to prepare first responders to recognize persons suffering from mental illness or experiencing a behavioral health crisis. CIT trained deputies will also be able to assist with crisis intervention, and provide appropriate referrals to other mental health resources within the County. This training does not involve mental health care and treatment, but rather a way to better connect people in need with resources already available.

For the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, this is the first group to receive CIT training. The ten deputies, which includes 3 correctional officers, will continue with their normal assignments, but will also now be called upon to assist when deputies are presented with behavioral emergencies. CIT training for additional groups of deputies is expected to be scheduled in the upcoming months.



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