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Gorrell gets one year in prison for release violation

Published: 10:44 AM, 04/04/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

GREENEVILLE-A Cocke County woman, convicted in August of 2010 on drug charges in U.S. District Court, has been ordered to serve one year in prison after violating terms of her supervised release.

Suzanna Gorrell, 29, of Newport, was initially sentenced in August of 2010 to 16 months for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute less than five grams of cocaine base.

Gorrell, however, allegedly had eight violations of her supervised release and was given a one-year sentence on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer.

According to court documents, "On or about August 13, 2012, Ms. Gorrell was given a drug screen and tested positive for opiates and benzodiazepines. The offender stated she found a prescription for Tylenol 3 while packing. Ms. Gorrell stated the prescription was not hers and was not in a valid prescription bottle. The offender stated her tooth was hurting, and she took one pill per day from August 8 to August 12, 2012. Ms. Gorrell also stated she took one Valium on or about August 7, 2012. The offender stated that pill came from a valid prescription she was given approximately four years prior. The offender provided this officer with verification that she was prescribed Valium at that time. 

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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