Michigan man accused of trying to toss
drug-packed football into prison
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[June 18, 2014]
By Brendan O'Brien
(Reuters) - A Michigan man faces felony
charges for allegedly trying to hurl a football stuffed with heroin and
cell phones into a state prison yard, a corrections department spokesman
said on Tuesday.
The man hopped out of a vehicle on Sunday morning and heaved the
football, which landed short, between two security fences at a state
prison in Jackson, Michigan, about 75 miles (120 km) west of
Detroit, prisons spokesman Russ Marlan said.
"From where he was throwing, it would not have been that difficult
of a throw to throw it in ... but you don't know how heavy it was,"
The football had been sliced open, stuffed with drugs, phones and
chargers and stitched back together, Marlan said.
The man, identified as Christen Deon-Sterling Moore of Detroit by
the Detroit Free Press, was charged with furnishing contraband and
cell phones to prisoners.
A prison officer apprehended the would-be quarterback and the driver
after seeing him toss the football and turned them over to Michigan
State Police, Marlan said.
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It was not clear who the intended receiver was, Marlan said.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Bill Trott)
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