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Two Men Charged With Smuggling Oxycodone Pills Into Federal Prison

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

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Donald Barlow, age 58, of Bedford, Virginia and his son, Matthew Barlow, age 28, an inmate at Allenwood Low Security Correctional Institution (LSCI), was charged by criminal information on May 9, 2019, with conspiracy to smuggle Oxycodone pills into LSCI in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. 

According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, the criminal information alleges that from June 2014 through August 30, 2014, Donald Barlow and Matthew Barlow made coded references during prison electronic mail exchanges while making plans to smuggle 9.6 Oxycodone pills into the prison hidden inside balloons. Donald Barlow traveled from Virginia to LSCI and delivered, and attempted to deliver the Oxycodone pills to Matthew Barlow in the prison visiting room.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the investigative staff at the LSCI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel prosecuted the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations 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 maximum penalty under federal law included imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a 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 May 13, 2019