Foster woman placed on home confinement for conspiring to pass contraband to inmate

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MADISON — Terry Lee Thomas, 29, of Bloomingrose was sentenced to prison in Boone County Circuit Court last week.

Thomas pled guilty in November to “Conspiring to Manufacture Methamphetamine.”

In May 2013, Deputy K. McCarty of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call on Joe’s Creek Road, according to court documents.

Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy McCarty found a “shake and bake” methamphetamine laboratory in a residence.

Deputy McCarty’s investigation showed that Thomas purchased a quantity of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of the “shake and bake” lab.

The type of criminal conduct committed by Thomas is commonly referred to as “smurfing,” according to Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph.

“A methamphetamine cook will associate himself or herself with several people, or ‘smurfers,’ who travel to various stores in various locations to purchase as much pseudoephedrine as possible,” Randolph said. “With pseudoephedrine in hand, the ‘smurfers’ will provide the necessary methamphetamine ingredient to the cook in exchange for finished methamphetamine product.”

Thomas was sentenced last week to one to five years in prison for his role in the crime.

Justin Marlowe handled the prosecution for the state.

• In other Boone County court news:

Rhema Ann Halstead, 62, of Foster, was placed on home confinement in Boone County Circuit Court last week for conspiring to pass contraband to an inmate.

Halstead previously pled guilty in Boone County Magistrate Court to the misdemeanor offense.

The criminal complaint filed in the matter showed that Halstead was charged in March 2013 by Deputy J. T. Pauley after deputies foiled her attempt to leave a “plug” of tobacco for an inmate then in the Boone County Sheriff Department’s custody.

The tobacco was located in the courthouse elevator taped to a handrail.

“Tobacco has value in the regional jail where it is otherwise not available to inmates,” Randolph said.

Halstead pled guilty to the misdemeanor in December and then asked the Circuit Judge for home confinement.

Following a hearing last week, Halstead’s motion for 30 days home confinement was granted.

Troy Adams handled the prosecution on behalf of the state.

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