Wise County

Red Onion inmate gets additional 3 years for marijuana conspriacy

A prisoner inside one of Southwest Virginia's two supermax prisons was sentenced to an additional three years after trying to get marijuana smuggled into the facility earlier this year.

Christopher Frank Stevens, 29, pleaded guilty Friday in Wise County Circuit Court to one count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana to a prisoner, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp.

Stevens had made several phone calls in March to a supplier with plans to have the drugs smuggled into Red Onion State Prison. The individual later brought the drug in small bags to a Norton motel where they were discovered after a fire alarm was activated and the scent of marijuana was discovered by officers in a room, the report said.

The inmate was already serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of robbery, malicious wounding and other charges in Portsmouth.

 


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