Several inmates serving federal prison sentences in Texarkana appeared in court Thursday for allegedly possessing contraband.
Chester Brown, 42; Eric Wayne Grimes, 33; and Charles Webb, 43, appeared at separate hearings Thursday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
Brown is accused of attempting to possess buprenorphine March 29, 2017. The drug is used to treat addiction to opiate-based drugs like heroin, according to Web MD. Texarkana attorney Howard Mowery was appointed to represent Brown, who entered a not guilty plea to the charge. If convicted, Brown faces up to 20 additional years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Brown’s scheduled release date from prison is Jan. 5, 2035.
Grimes is accused of possessing synthetic marijuana May 1, 2017. Texarkana attorney Craig Henry was appointed to represent Grimes and entered a not guilty plea to the charge on behalf of Grimes. Grimes faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both if convicted. Brown’s current scheduled release date from the BOP is Sept. 8, 2022.
Webb is accused of possessing methamphetamine while in Texarkana FCI on Aug. 4, 2017. Texarkana attorney Matthew Golden was appointed to represent Webb, who has pleaded not guilty. If convicted Webb faces up to 20 additional years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both. Webb’s current scheduled release date is Nov. 22, 2022.
Any prison terms assessed for the alleged contraband possession must be served after the original sentence for which they were imprisoned has expired. Craven scheduled all three defendants for trial in late February before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III.