General · November 5, 2020 0

West Virginia: Inmates and Joanna Masias indicted on drug charges

(STL.News) – Two inmates and an Illinois woman are facing charges involving smuggling suboxone into FCI Gilmer in Glenville, West Virginia, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Quadiri Ayodele, 41, and Francisco Masias, 41, both inmates at FCI Gilmer, and Joanna Masias, 36, of Cicero, Illinois, are each facing one count of “Conspiracy to Introduce and Obtain a Prohibited Object (Narcotic)” and one count of “Attempt to Introduce a Prohibited Object (Narcotic).”  Joanna is also facing one count of “False Statement to a Federal Agency.”  The three are accused of developing a plan to smuggle suboxone into FCI Gilmer in March and April 2019.  Joanna is also accused of lying on a form at the prison that stated she didn’t have narcotics in her possession.

Ayodele, Francisco Masias, and Joanna Masias each face up to five years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the conspiracy count and up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the contraband count.  Joanna Masias also faces up to five years o incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the false statement count.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.  The Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Services investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

STL.News References:

  1. Bill Powell Wikipedia Page
  2. West Virginia Resource Page
  3. Can also be viewed on USA News Today
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