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Federal inmates indicted for having marijuana in prison

July 2, 2013

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that a federal grand jury returned indictments charging two people with possession of contraband in prison.

One indictment charges that on or about August 7, 2012, while an inmate in Federal Correctional Institute Elkton, Jason D. Melton, age 32, possessed marijuana in violation of federal statutes prohibiting the possession of contraband in prison.

Another indictment charges that on or about April 4, 2013, Albert Robinson, age 42, possessed marijuana while an inmate in Federal Correctional Institute Elkton.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys M. Kendra Klump and Margaret Sweeney, following investigations by the Youngstown Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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