Three individuals, including two inmates and one visitor, have been indicted for separate drug-related incidents at Deerfield Correctional Center in 2023, as reported by the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC). The first incident occurred on August 12 when inmate Leopold T. Ashe was found with a surgical mask containing drugs after a visit from Mary Margaret Marchio. A VADOC Drug Task Force investigation revealed an alleged conspiracy to traffic drugs into the prison. Both Ashe and Marchio were charged with possession of unlawful controlled substances, possession of Buprenorphine and Naloxone, and delivery of drugs to prisoners.
The second incident took place on September 18, during a search of Djaun L. Brooks’s bed area. Brooks was discovered with various controlled substances, including a green, plant-like material, pills, suspected Buprenorphine, a bottle of an unknown liquid, and an unknown pill. Brooks was charged with possession of unlawful controlled substances and manufacturing, selling, giving, distributing, or possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute. VADOC continues to monitor and address the intake of illegal substances into its facilities and encourages individuals with information to contact them.