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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 27, 2019

Federal Inmate Charged With Possession Of Drugs

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tavon Johnson, age 29, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution, Allenwood (FCI Allenwood), was indicted on September 26, 2019, for possession of a controlled substance.  

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Johnson was found on May 21, 2018 in possession of 120 strips of suboxone, a prescription opioid narcotic, hidden on his person after receiving a visit.

The charges stem from an investigation by officers at FCI 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.

Johnson is facing a maximum of twenty 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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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 27, 2019