Inmate sentenced to more than two years for contraband in federal prison


An inmate caught with various kinds of drugs while serving time at Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution last year was given an extra 27 months in federal prison at a sentencing hearing Monday in Texarkana.

Marcus Dewayne Maxwell, 47, appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas with Texarkana attorney Butch Dunbar.

Maxwell previously pleaded guilty to possessing several types of drugs March 14, 2018, while at Texarkana FCI. Maxwell possessed .0152 grams of cocaine, forty doses of K-2, a type of synthetic marijuana, and eight doses of buprenorphine, a narcotic which comes in a form that can be disolved beneath the tongue. According to the documents Maxwell signed, he intended to distribute some of the drugs to other inmates.

At the hearing, Maxwell spoke of the 17 months he has spent in administrative segregation in prison since he was caught with contraband. Maxwell said he was not allowed to use the phone or computers and was allowed exercise only one hour per day.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Hornok reminded the court that Maxwell intended to distribute drugs at FCI, a situation which could put other inmates and staff in danger. Hornok also pointed to Maxwell’s long criminal history.

Schroeder sentenced Maxwell to 27 months in federal prison which he must serve consecutively to time he was already serving for a drug-related offense.

Schroeder agreed to recommend that Maxwell complete a drug treatment program while in prison. When Maxwell is released, he will be supervised by three years by federal probation. If he commits a new crime or otherwise violates the conditions of his release, Maxwell could be ordered back to prison.

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