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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 19, 2022

Baltimore Man Sentenced For Attempt To Introduce Contraband Into Allenwood Federal Prison

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Dwight Smith, age 48, of Baltimore, Maryland was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment by United States District Court Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann for attempting to provide contraband to inmates at the Federal Correctional Center, Allenwood.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, in 2016 Smith entered a wooded area on grounds of the Allenwood prison complex dressed in camouflage.  Smith possessed a backpack containing various items of contraband including synthetic marijuana, tobacco and cell-phones which were to be thrown over the fence of the Low Security institution where they would later be recovered by inmates.  Smith entered a guilty plea to attempting to provide contraband in February 2022.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is prosecuting this case.

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Updated August 19, 2022