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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

USP Lee Inmate Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

Jermaine Jeffries Faces Possible Additional Five Years in Prison

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – An inmate at the United States Federal Penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia, USP Lee, admitted today in United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to conspiring with others to bring illegal narcotics into the prison, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Jermaine Calvin Jeffries, 44, waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty today in District Court in Abingdon to a one count Information charging him with one count of conspiring with others to provide a prohibited object, methamphetamine, to other inmates. Jeffries will be sentenced on January 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Abingdon.

“We must do all we can to maintain law and order, both inside and outside the walls of a federal penitentiary,” United States Attorney Fishwick said. “The individuals involved in this criminal behavior attempted to bring illegal drugs into USP Lee and, thanks to the hard work of those men and women working inside the prison, their efforts were thwarted.”

Jeffries conspired with others to provide inmates inside USP Lee with methamphetamine, Suboxone and marijuana. They did this through the use of phone calls to arrange transportation of the methamphetamine and the attempted transportation of the drug from outside the prison to prisoners incarcerated at USP Lee.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated October 11, 2016