BEAUMONT, Texas — A Texas inmate escaped from a federal prison and attempted to bring back a stash of goods that included booze, tobacco and a large amount of home-cooked food, authorities said.
JCSO Narcotics Investigators and the U.S. Marshals set up a surveillance around 5:45 p.m. A vehicle entered onto the private property and made a drop of a large duffle bag.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., Joshua Hansen, 25, of Dallas, ran from the prison grounds and grabbed the duffle bag. As Hansen was running back towards the prison, deputies made the arrest.
The duffle bag contained 3 bottles of brandy, 1 bottle of whiskey, multiple bags of Bugler tobacco, packaged snacks, fruit and a large amount of home cooked food.
Hansen, who was imprisoned on narcotics charges, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on charges of escape and possession of marijuana. A federal hold has also been placed on Hansen, according to Capt. Crystal Holmes.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Marcus McLellan told the Beaumont Enterprise that the arrest highlights a growing problem of contraband smuggled into the prison by inmates — who have walked off the facility “pretty much since Day 1” to pick up banned items and bring them back to their cells.