Four federal inmates missing from Virginia minimum security facility

Four federal inmates are missing after likely leaving a minimum-security facility in Hopewell, Va., the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced Saturday.

Three of the four were convicted of drug and firearms crimes, according to the bureau. It is unclear whether authorities believe they worked together to escape.

They were “discovered missing” early Saturday at the facility, the satellite camp of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex in Hopewell, the office said in a statement.

The camp houses 185 detainees, he said. The missing men have been identified as Corey Branch, 41; Tavares Lajuane Graham, 44; Lamonte Rashawn Willis, 30; and Kareem Allen Shaw, 46.

None of the men were described as armed and dangerous.

Branch was sentenced to over 13 years for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and being a felon with a firearm.

Graham was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine “base” and possession of a firearm in the course of drug trafficking.

Willis was sentenced to 18 years for possession and concealment of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Shaw was sentenced to more than 16 years for conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.

The US Marshals Service, FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been notified.

Hopewell is approximately 130 miles south of Washington, D.C.

The Associated Press contributed.

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