Milwaukee woman charged with trying to deliver drugs to inmate

January 4, 2019

JUNEAU — A 54-year-old Milwaukee woman was charged Thursday with trying to deliver drugs to an inmate at the Waupun Correctional Institute.

Lori Ann Neumann is charged with delivering illegal articles to an inmate. If convicted, she faces up to 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim set a $1,000 bond with the conditions that Neumann have no contact with correctional staff or inmates as well as not use or possess any controlled substances without a prescription or drug paraphernalia or be in the contact of someone who does.

According to the criminal complaint, prison staff notified officers that they suspected Neumann was carrying balloons containing drugs to give to an inmate on Jan. 1.

A correctional officer told a deputy that he observed Neumann on camera dropping something into a coffee cup after taking it out of her left pocket. She was in the prison to meet with an inmate for visitation. The correctional officer said that he thought he smelled the odor of marijuana when Neumann walked in and that she seemed fidgety.

According to the complaint, a sergeant in the prison said that he went to speak with Neumann and said that, while doing so, she tried to cover up the cup with a plate that had garbage on it. The sergeant said he took the cup and asked what was in it, and that the inmate tried to take the cup away.

An officer said that the inmate mentioned balloons in the cup on the way back to his cell, even though none of the officers had mentioned the balloons. He also said he overheard Neumann say that visiting wasn’t a good idea.

The complaint says that prison staff provided the deputy with the cup, which contained two small balloons. One apparently contained marijuana and the other tested positive for cocaine.

The deputy said that, while questioning Neumann, she said she wasn’t sure what was in the balloons or what to say in response to further questions. She then said she should speak to a lawyer.

Neumann was arrested that night. The inmate was identified as a past source of drugs entering the prison.

A review hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 23.

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