Woman charged with bringing pot, chicken and waffles into Fox Lake Correctional

November 20, 2018

JUNEAU — A 35-year-old Milwaukee woman made her initial appearance in court on Monday after allegedly attempting to bring marijuana, chicken, waffles and syrup into Fox Lake Correctional Institution.

Sophia Guarnero is charged with a felony count of delivering illegal articles to an inmate. She could face 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy was sent to Fox Lake Correctional Institute, W10237 Lake Emily Road, on Saturday at 9 a.m. after a prison employee became concerned about the possible delivery of contraband to an inmate.

The inmate’s phone call allegedly from Guarnero was monitored the night before. During the call, the inmate was told that chicken and waffles were going to be picked up and brought to the visit with him. The employee at the prison suspected that drugs might be delivered as well.

According to the criminal complaint, Guarnero arrived at the prison around 10:40 a.m. She was asked about bringing contraband into the building and was specifically asked about bringing chicken and waffles into the prison. Guarnero reached into the front of her shirt and pulled out a clear plastic bag and said that it was the chicken and waffles. She was asked if she had anything else, and she pulled a plastic bag from her rear pants pocket and said it was syrup.

Guarnero asked how much trouble she could get into and was told bringing the food into the prison was a felony. She was also asked about the possibility of bringing drugs into the prison. Guarnero eventually admitted to bringing 63.5 grams of marijuana with her to the visit. The marijuana was put in balloons and wrapped with cellophane.

The food was examined and was determined to be waffles, chicken and syrup.

Guarnero appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim. She was released on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that she has no direct or indirect contact or communication with any correctional inmate or facility.

Guarnero will return to court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 10.

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