A woman’s plot to smuggle drugs to her boyfriend in lockup was foiled by lawmen, and now both are behind bars in Jefferson County.
Sheriff’s officials on Wednesday announced the arrest of 33-year-old Lauren Whitney Foust, and additional charges against Joshua Wade Ray, 35. Chief Deputy Randy Christian provided this account of what led to the bust:
On Monday, investigators received information that Foust was involved in a scheme to deliver drugs to Ray. Working from a tip developed through the Metro Area Crime Center, investigators determined that the exchange was set to take place during a court appearance by Ray on Tuesday, March 6.
Undercover sheriff’s investigators set up surveillance on the courtroom and waited for Foust and Ray to arrive. Foust entered and sat near the front. Ray was brought in with other inmates from the jail.
A short time later, Ray spoke with his attorney and then asked to go to the restroom. As he passed in front of Foust, he dropped a folder and bent down to pick it up. He also picked up a small package that Foust had taped to the floor.
After the exchange had taken place, Foust left the courtroom. She was detained and questioned by investigators. She admitted to buying drugs and passing them to Ray in the courtroom.
Investigators approached Ray and found him trying to hide the package in his shoe. Deputies took the package from Ray and discovered that it contained methamphetamine, marijuana, tobacco, a lighter, rolling papers, and two syringes.
Foust, of Hueytown, was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges.
Later Tuesday, detectives obtained arrest warrants formally charging Foust with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, promoting prison contraband, and conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime. She remains in the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday with bonds totaling $20,000.
Ray, of Dora, was already in jail for charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, first-degree robbery, reckless endangerment, receiving stolen property, and attempting to elude. He is now also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, promoting prison contraband, conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains jailed on $36,200 bond.
“I suppose love knows no bounds or they are just stupid. I suspect it’s more of the latter,” Christian said. “This was nice work by the MACC in partnership with our investigators. It is amazing the length someone will go to and risk someone will take for drugs. Really sad.”