Lawyer sentenced to Missouri prison for smuggling heroin

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 44-year-old attorney from Shawnee, Kansas, was convicted Tuesday in federal court of smuggling heroin to an inmate at Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri, with whom she had a romantic relationship.

Juliane L. Colby was sentenced to one year and one month in federal prison without parole.

On February 8, 2022, Colby pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Colby admitted that she conspired with others to smuggle heroin to a prison inmate identified in court documents as “Conspirator 1” from August 1-10, 2019.

She hid the heroin in an envelope marked “Legal Mail” which, in addition to photos of her, contained numerous pleadings and documents from an inactive criminal court case. Eight small sachets containing a total of 3.25 grams of black tar heroin were taped behind the envelope flap.

The envelope was labeled with a fictitious return address from a law firm and addressed to another inmate identified in court documents as “Conspirator 2” who was housed in the same unit as Conspirator 1.

According to court documents, Colby began a romantic relationship with “Conspirator 1” when she was working as an attorney on his defense team at the prosecutor’s office in 2017.

Represented by a public defender at the time, “Conspirator 1” was an inmate at the Jackson County Jail charged with first-degree murder. While the murder case was pending, “Conspirator 1” had illegally possessed a cell phone that had been smuggled into prison.

Colby and “Conspirator 1” communicated with each other via the contraband cell phone. As a result, Colby was prosecuted for trading in felony possession of a cell phone in a correctional facility. She entered into a diversion agreement, which she successfully completed on May 14, 2019, and the charges were dismissed.

In August 2019, Colby made a regular visit to “Conspirator 1” at Cameron Correctional Center, where he was serving a sentence on his murder conviction. Colby and “Conspirator 1” engaged in a series of phone calls, using a variety of code words, to discuss the plan to ship heroin and contraband to the center. During those calls, Colby and “Conspirator 1” also discussed a previous successful shipment of heroin. These calls were monitored and recorded by the correctional facility.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the US Postal Inspection Service, the Cameron Police Department and the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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