Friday, 28 July 2017 14:23

Inmate Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Operation

July 26, 2017 – A prisoner incarcerated at the Penal Farm for drug offenses pled guilty Tuesday to using a smuggled cell phone to import marijuana, tobacco and other cell phones into the facility through food delivery trucks, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Kendrick Watson, 37, one of many defendants in the case, pled guilty to money laundering and introduction of contraband in a penal institution. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison by Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter.
Investigators said that during July, August and September last year Watson imported contraband items and the sold them to other inmates for profit. To pay for the contraband, inmates had friends or family members purchase money orders or cash cards which would be transferred to Watson or to one of his associates on his behalf.
To date, 12 of the 18 defendants indicted in the case have pled guilty.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Austin Scofield of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang & Narcotics Prosecution Unit that handles violent crimes and other offenses associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.