Tennis balls used to smuggle drugs into prison
BATON ROUGE - Authorities charged an inmate after tennis balls stuffed with fake pot where found on prison grounds.
Guards overheard inmate, Carlos Powell, 31, talking to a woman in a recorded phone call from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on May 29th.
Powell asked the woman to fill tennis balls with drugs and throw the balls over the prison fence near the kitchen, according to court documents.
Three days later guards found the balls near the loading dock of the kitchen with 47 grams of synthetic marijuana and tobacco inside.
Powell admitted to having the woman throw the balls over the fence and arranging a kitchen worker to get the balls for him, according to deputies.
Powell is facing introduction of contraband into a penal institution.
He is currently in prison for traffic and simple battery convictions. Powell could face another year or more behind bars if convicted of smuggling drugs into prison.
Deputies are also searching for the woman who helped the Powell.
News 2's Ryan Naquin will have more on this story tonight at 6 p.m.