USP Canaan Inmate Charged With Attempt To Introduce Narcotics And Tobacco Into A Federal Prison

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SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Antonio Bishop, age 37, an inmate at United States Penitentiary, Canaan (USP Cannan), Waymart, Pennsylvania, was indicted on December 14, 2021, by a federal grand jury on charges stemming from an attempt to introduce narcotics and tobacco into a federal prison. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment alleges that inmate Bishop attempted to provide suboxone and amphetamines, narcotic controlled substances, to inmates, and to possess and obtain tobacco, all of which is considered contraband in a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigation Section (SIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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The maximum total penalty under federal law for these offenses is 20 years, 6 months of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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