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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Marion Prison Inmate Pleads Guilty to Possessing Marijuana

 

Raydale R. Mitchell, 48, currently a Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton to possessing marijuana in November 2017 in the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, when he was an inmate confined to that facility. Mitchell was charged with that offense by a Federal Grand Jury in August 2018.

Sentencing is currently set for March 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Benton. Mitchell faces up to an additional 5 years in prison for the marijuana offense which must be imposed consecutively to the 168-month sentence for distributing heroin, imposed in 2013, that he was serving at the time he possessed the marijuana.

Mitchell was returned to the custody of the United States Marshal to await sentencing in this case.

The investigation leading to the charge in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated December 11, 2018