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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 2022

Two Federal Inmates Charged With Possession Of A Weapon

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Matthew Coke, age 23, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution, Allenwood (FCI Allenwood), and Devonte Andrews, age 29, an inmate at FCI Allenwood, were charged separately yesterday by a federal grand jury with possessing contraband in prison. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, two federal inmates were charged with possessing contraband in prison:

  • Coke was found in possession of a sharpened plastic shank on April 14, 2022; and
  • Andrews was found in possession of a sharpened plastic shank on April 16, 2022.

The charges stem from an investigation by officers at FCI Allenwood and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Alisan V. Martin is prosecuting the cases.

If convicted, Coke faces a maximum of five years of incarceration and a fine.  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.

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

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Updated June 10, 2022