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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 23, 2015

FCI Gilmer inmate convicted, sentenced for unlawful possession of opioid medication

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jerry Gifford, 43, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution, Gilmer was convicted and sentenced today for unlawful possession of Buprenorphine, a narcotic medication, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation revealed that Gifford arranged to have Suboxone, an opioid medication used to treat addiction and dependence, shipped into the prison in letters addressed to a fellow inmate. He pled guilty today to one count of “Attempted Possession of a Prohibited Object (Buprenorphine).” He was sentenced to an additional six months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the FCI Gilmer Special Investigative Services Unit investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 8, 2016