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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Tennessee Woman Sentenced To 24 Months’ Imprisonment For Smuggling Narcotics Into Federal Prison

WILLIAMSPORT- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Lisa Montpelier, 48, of Johnson City, Tennessee, was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann for smuggling suboxone into the United States Penitentiary (USP Allenwood) in Allenwood, Pennsylvania.   

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Montpelier pleaded guilty in March 26, 2021 to the offense of providing contraband to an inmate.  During a visit to an inmate at USP Allenwood in 2017, Montpelier used an open-mouth kiss to pass a balloon containing 21 suboxone strips to an inmate.  The incident was monitored via a closed-circuit camera and the suboxone was later recovered from the inmate.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur prosecuted the case.

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Updated March 2, 2022