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Nine Arrested in Sussex Correctional Prison Contraband Investigation

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GEORGETOWN, Del. -- The Sussex Correctional Institute says nine people were arrested, including several inmates, for sending contraband through U.S. mail. 

Authorities say between June 3rd and July 21st, several shipments of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid dependence were concealed by various methods and intercepted in the facility's mail room. After a thorough investigation, police say inmate Johnny Shockley attempted to receive eight Suboxone shipments from Jeremy Piatt between April 1st and July 8th. In an attempt to deflect the source, Shockley employed inmates John Winter, Steven Schaeffer and Thomas Bundick to accept the packages containing the drug.

Police say Piatt has been charged with racketeering, eight counts of possession with the intent to deliver, and eight counts of promoting prison contraband, among other charges. Shockley, police say, has also been charged with similar charges; he is currently serving an unrelated sentence. Inmates Winter, Schaeffer and Bundick have also been charged with 3rd-degree conspiracy and promoting prison contraband for their role in the enterprise.

The SCI reports that three other people, Dustin Drew an inmate, his mother Sharon Drew, inmate Andrew Moore, and Sara Keil of Millsboro, were also charged in promoting prison contraband related charges. Nine individuals were reported arrested by the SCI with a total of 138 charges and 19 administrative disciplinary charges.

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