LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Deserea Fuget was caught bringing drugs into Metro Corrections when she was stopped at a security checkpoint and asked if everything in her possession belonged to her - including a Tootsie Roll container, according to a police citation.

Fuget, a food service contractor at the jail, initially denied ownership of the Tootsie Roll container, which was found to have numerous drugs inside, including heroin, marijuana, spice and pills, all packaged for sale, according to the report.

Fuget then admitted she was bringing the drugs into the jail to sell, police claim.

She has pleaded not guilty to felony drug trafficking and promoting contraband charges. Fuget is scheduled to be back in court on May 26. Her bond was set at $5,000 cash. 

Drug overdoses inside Metro Corrections have been a problem for several months and Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton said he requested a Louisville Metro Police investigation. Bolton said in a statement that the arrest of Fuget stemmed from a months-long LMPD investigation he requested.

According to court records, Fuget was charged with drug trafficking in 2008. She was allegedly growing marijuana on her porch and had several bags packed for sale inside her home, according to a police citation. Fuget eventually pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was conditionally discharged. 

Steve Durham, a spokesman for the jail, said a background check was done on Fuget in 2015 and officials knew about her previous drug and theft charges. (Theft charges from 2003 were dismissed, according to court records.)

He said the jail considers the "nature of past and current criminal conduct; the recency of the misconduct; and evaluates that information with the duties of the position."

"Nothing in her background would have precluded her from working in a food service position in Metro Corrections," he said in a statement. 


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