Crime

Mexican National Caught Smuggling Weed Into Fed Prison in Jefferson County

A property owner caught a man attempting to deliver contraband to a federal prison on Thursday in Beaumont.

Jose Anaya-Briones, 19, of Mexico has been arrested for trespassing and possession of marijuana, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Authorities received a call around 3:30 p.m. to the 2000 block of Hillebrandt Road. The landowner had detained Anaya-Briones on his property, which backs up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The landowner told deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office that he witnessed Anaya-Briones walking through his property toward the Federal Prison carrying a backpack.

Anaya-Briones allegedly concealed the backpack and attempted to flee the area prior to being caught. A Texas DPS Trooper arrived to assist by translating Spanish.

A deputy and his K9 partner conducted a search in the area to locate the backpack, the release said.

“The search covered an area of approximately 120 yards in thick, high grass and underbrush,” represenatives with the sheriff’s office wrote. “K9 Duc searched and discovered the backpack that was concealed under some grass and in muddy water. The backpack contained bundles of cell phones packaged in camouflaged wrappings and a bag of marijuana.”

The warden and investigators from the federal prison were notified and they arrived at the location to assist. The packaged cell phones, as well as the suspect’s phone, were seized by the Federal investigators from the prison.

Anaya-Briones has been booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. The incident remains under investigation.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Games Wardens and the Federal Bureau of Prisons are all involved in the investigation.

“A special appreciation to the landowner for being ever vigilant in contacting authorities when witnessing illegal activity,” the release said.

Written by Meagan Ellsworth

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