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Two Sentenced for Smuggling Marijuana Into Federal Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2014

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bernisha Woods, 23, Bloomington, Ill., and her brother, Donald Woods, 27, an inmate of the Federal Correctional Institution at Oxford, Wis., were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb for smuggling marijuana into FCI-Oxford.  Bernisha Woods was sentenced to one year of probation and Donald Woods was sentenced to four months in federal prison.  The defendants pleaded guilty to this offense on February 11, 2014.

On June 15, 2013, Bernisha Woods brought marijuana hidden inside of a bag of candy into FCI-Oxford, which she provided to her brother, who was an inmate of the prison.  Both defendants were seen on video as Bernisha Woods handed the candy to Donald Woods, who then swallowed small balloons filled with marijuana as he took them from the bag of candy. 

Judge Crabb directed that Donald Woods’ sentence run consecutively to his current prison term, and noted that Bernisha Woods’ sentence was a just one in light of her lack of prior record and recent graduation from college. 

The charges against the defendants were the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell. 

 

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