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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Two FCI Hazelton inmates sentenced for trafficking heroin into prison

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Marcus Brown, 27, and Samuel Bynum, 24, both inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution at Hazelton, were convicted and sentenced in federal court today for their role in facilitating the shipment of quantities of heroin into the prison, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the FCI Hazelton Special Investigative Services Unit revealed that the defendants utilized telephone calls and emails to coordinate with another individual to use letters to ship quantities of heroin into the prison.

The defendants each pled guilty today to one count of “Use of Communication Facility to Commit, Cause & Facilitate Commission of a Drug Felony – Aiding and Abetting.” They were each sentenced to an additional six months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 8, 2016