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Maximum-security prison is no place for a pot stash, woman finds

January 3, 2012 |  3:32 pm

Maximum-security prison is no place for a pot stash, woman finds

Here's a tip: When visiting an inmate in prison -- especially one of the most notorious, maximum-security prisons in the United States -- it's best to leave the drugs at home.

A Louisiana woman was aiming to visit an inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary -- known commonly as Angola and sometimes dubbed "the Alcatraz of the South" -- when guards discovered she was carrying a small stash of marijuana in her purse, authorities said.

Oops!

The Advocate reports that the St. Tammany Parish woman, Shauntae M. Joseph, now stands accused of smuggling and has been booked on suspicion of introducing contraband into the largest maximum-security prison in the nation. She has been freed after posting $12,000 bail.

Apparently, the guards at Angola are pretty good at sniffing out marijuana. In November, they stopped an employee who was allegedly trying to smuggle in more than a pound of pot.

And it's not just employees and average Joes who find themselves on the wrong side of such charges: Redmond O'Neal, son of the late Farrah Fawcett and of Ryan O'Neal, was accused of doing the same in Los Angeles a few years back.

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-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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