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FCI Schuylkill Inmate Charged With Possessing Cellphone In Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tremec Jeffries, age 46, an inmate at Federal Correctional Institute-Schuylkill in Minersville, PA, was charged by a criminal information with unlawfully possessing a cell phone in federal prison. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the information alleges that on April 27, 2022, Jeffries possessed a cell phone.  Federal law makes the possession of a cell phone by a prison inmate illegal out of security concerns that arise from unmonitored calls.

The matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Assistant United States Attorney Jeffery St John is prosecuting the case.

Informations are only allegations.  All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 1 year of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.

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Updated May 12, 2022