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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Petersburg Inmate Sentenced for Possessing Contraband In Prison

RICHMOND, Va. – A Maryland man was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison for possessing Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, while in federal prison

According to court documents, on July 5, 2018, James Pixley, 29, of Leonardtown, received 35 Suboxone strips, which are available only by prescription, from an individual who was with him in the visiting area of the prison. Shortly after he took possession of the Suboxone, prison officials questioned the visitor who admitted to having brought the Suboxone to Pixley at his request.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, David W. Archey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, and John I. Dixon III, Chief of Petersburg Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:19-cr-011.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated April 9, 2019