Inmate caught smuggling home-cooked food and contraband indicted

Inmate caught smuggling home-cooked food and contraband indicted

A 27-year-old federal prison inmate has been indicted for escaping from prison and returning with contraband including home-cooked food, tobacco, booze and drugs, announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson Feb. 8.

Joshua Randall Hansen was charged in the two-count indictment with escape from a federal facility and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 7, 2018.

According to the indictment law enforcement officers arrested Hansen outside the perimeter of the prison camp at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont on Jan. 24. Hansen is a federal inmate and was not authorized to be outside the facility. At the time of his arrest, it is alleged that Hansen was on his way back to the prison camp and was in possession of marijuana and alcohol that he intended to distribute within the compound.

JCSO Narcotics Investigators and U.S. Marshals set up surveillance at about 5:45 p.m. the day of Hansen's arrest. As they watched, a vehicle entered onto the private property and made a drop of a large duffle bag. At approximately 7:30 p.m. an inmate ran from the prison grounds and grabbed the duffle bag. As the escapee was running back toward the prison, deputies made the arrest, identifying the escapee as Hansen, who was incarcerated at the facility on narcotics charges.

The duffle bag contained three bottles of brandy, one bottle of whiskey, multiple bags of Bugler tobacco, packaged snacks, fruit and a large amount of home-cooked food.

If convicted of the new charges, Hansen faces up to an additional five years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Prisons.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.