U.S. Marshals, FBI offer reward of $5K each for capture of escaped Lee County, VA inmates

LEE CO., VA (WJHL) –  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service and other federal agencies are joining forces in the search for two escaped inmates. The inmates were last seen early Wednesday morning at a federal prison in Lee County, VA.

The agencies are now offering a reward of $5,000 each for information leading to their capture.

The U.S. Marshals Service told News Channel  11 Kamal Qazah and Salah Mohamed walked away from the USP Lee prison camp.

Federal officials said the inmates were discovering missing from the prison camp around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Both are serving sentences for non-violent crimes and are not considered armed and dangerous.

On Thursday, afternoon the Department of Justice revealed more details about the background of the two escapees.

Mohamed is described as 35 years old and having black hair and brown eyes. He is described as 5’5″ tall and weighing 170 pounds.

Qazah is said to be 37 years old and having black hair and brown eyes. It is said that he is 5’10” and weighs 225 pounds.

The DOJ says Mohamed was sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia to 191-months for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, cocaine hydrochloride, and heroin; conspiracy to ship, transport, receive, possess, sell, distribute, and purchase contraband cigarettes; and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Qazah was sentenced in the Western District of North Carolina to 172 months for conspiracy to commit interstate transport of stolen goods and receive property stolen in interstate commerce; receive stolen property and aiding and abetting; conspiracy to commit money laundering; and money laundering and aiding and abetting.

The Marshal Service says citizens should use caution if they see these inmates and report any sightings to the USMS at 276-628-9402 or call 540-857-2230 or email USMS84.TIPS@usdoj.gov.

A reward for information leading to their capture is set at a total of $5,000 or $2500 per escapee.

The Federal Prison Camp in Pennington Gap, VA is a minimum security facility that houses about 115 male inmates.

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