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Angola inmate found guilty in drug conspiracy case

4 weeks 10 hours 59 minutes ago Thursday, April 15 2021 Apr 15, 2021 April 15, 2021 5:17 AM April 15, 2021 in News
Source: Associated Press

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A 42-year-old man serving time in Louisiana’s maximum security prison has been found guilty in a drug conspiracy case, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook said a federal jury found Damione Brock guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In 2018, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating drug trafficking activities in the towns of Plain Dealing and Springhill. That probe led them to get wiretaps with which they were able to intercept phone calls and text messages between Brock and a co-defendant. The communications discussed having methamphetamine delivered to Brock at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he is serving a lengthy sentence for possession of cocaine, Hook’s office said in a news release.

Hook’s office said Brock was using a contraband cell phone to communicate with his co-defendant. Brock had arranged for the drugs to be brought to the prison using two couriers, including a female guard.

Federal agents monitored the transportation of the methamphetamine, which was hidden in fake soda cans and driven from Bossier City to Alexandria by one of the alleged couriers. The package was then put into the guard’s vehicle, who took the drugs to the prison. Agents stopped the guard at the prison’s gates and searched her vehicle, seizing the drugs before she entered the facility, Hook’s office said.

Brock faces 10 years to life in prison and up to a $10 million fine. U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter set sentencing for Aug. 18.

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