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Inmate and Visitor Plead Guilty to Introducing Buprenorphine at USP Lee

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

ABINGDON, Va. – An inmate at United States Penitentiary (USP) Lee in Jonesville, Virginia and his visitor pleaded guilty this week for their roles in introducing Buprenorphine into the prison.

Deborah Townsend, 36, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally distributing, and possessing with the intent to distribute, Buprenorphine, a Schedule III narcotic. 

Co-defendant Michael Selvidge, 37, an inmate at USP Lee, pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited object (Buprenorphine), possession with the intent to distribute Buprenorphine, and conspiracy to provide an inmate a prohibited object.

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh announced the guilty pleas today.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

Special Assistant United States Attorney Debbie Stevens prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated December 8, 2021