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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 8, 2019

Federal Inmate Charged With Possession Of Contraband In Prison

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Samuel Serrano, age 24, a prisoner at the United States Penitentiary, (“USP”) Allenwood, was indicted on March 28, 2019, by a federal grand jury for possession of a controlled substance.  

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Serrano was found in possession of ADB-FUBINACA, a synthetic form of marihuana, during a search conducted on April 12, 2017. 

The charges stem from an investigation by officers at USP Allenwood and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey MacArthur is prosecuting the case.

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

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The defendant is facing a maximum of ten years of incarceration and a $250,000 fine.   Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Updated April 8, 2019