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Two Federal Inmates Sentenced For Possessing Cellphones In Prison

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

WILLIAMSPORT – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on March 29, 2022, federal inmates Ralph Hooper, age 43, and Jordan Reid, age 29, entered guilty pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle to possessing cellphones in the United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg (USP Lewisburg), Lewisburg, PA. After accepting their guilty pleas, Magistrate Arbuckle sentenced both inmates.  Hooper received 2 months’ imprisonment to run consecutive to his 128-month sentence for his participation in an interstate heroin and cocaine drug trafficking organization.  Reid received 1 month of imprisonment to run consecutive to his 75-month prison sentence for possessing a firearm as a felon and in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Federal law prohibits inmates from possessing cellphones due to the institutional security risks posed by their use.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the cases.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Drew O. Inman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur prosecuted the cases.

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Updated March 31, 2022