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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Michigan pair charged with attempting to provide marijuana to federal inmate

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Kauba Simpson, 28, and Makoyia D. Jenkins, both of Dearborn, Michigan, with attempt to provide marijuana to a federal inmate and attempt to possess marijuana by a federal inmate, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that on or about August 30, 2014, Jenkins attempted to provide marijuana to Simpson, an inmate in the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution, which he attempted to possess. It also alleges that Jenkins made a false and fraudulent statement to a correctional officer at Elkton FCI, in that she indicated the marijuana was not in her possession, when in fact, it was.

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution.  The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason M. Katz.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated February 23, 2016