Loudoun Investigators Find Drugs in Jail Mail

Two women face felony charges for their involvement in alleged efforts to mail Suboxone to inmates at Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Over a two-week period, deputies this month intercepted several letters addressed to inmates that contained Suboxone sublingual film hidden inside.An investigation by the agency’s Tactical Enforcement Unit found that Stephanie A. Balcazar, 28, of Sterling, was sending letters containing Suboxone to Bryanna A. Hunter, 26, of Washington, DC, who was an inmate. Suboxone is a medication used to provide pain relief and treat addiction to opioid drugs, but also is abused and addictive.

Balcazar and Hunter have been charged with distribution of a controlled substance into a correctional facility and attempted possession of a chemical compound by a prisoner.

Hunter has been jailed since March when her probation from a prior case was revoked.

Balcazar, who was enrolled in Loudoun’s newly established Drug Court in May following a probation violation, was taken into custody July 18 at her residence without incident. In court last week, Judge Douglas L. Fleming and Judge Stephen E. Sincavage told Balcazar they were unsure how the charges would impact her continued participation in the intensely supervised diversion program.

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