Federal inmate indicted for escaping Beaumont facility, returning with contraband

An inmate who escaped from a federal prison with the intention of breaking back in laden with bottles of alcohol and home-cooked treats has been arrested in Southeast Texas. The Jefferson County sheriff's office says Joshua Hansen of Dallas has been charged with escape and possession of marijuana. He was originally imprisoned on a narcotics conviction.

A 27-year-old federal prison inmate has been indicted for escaping from prison and returning with contraband, U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson said Thursday in a news release.

Joshua Randall Hansen was charged in the two-count indictment with escape from a federal facility and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday.

According to the indictment, on Jan. 24, 2018, law enforcement officers arrested Hansen outside the perimeter of the prison camp at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont.

Hansen is a federal inmate and was not authorized to be outside the facility. At the time of his arrest, Hansen was on his way back to the prison camp and was in possession of marijuana and alcohol that he intended to distribute within the compound, according to prosecutors.

If convicted, Hansen faces up to an additional five years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Prisons. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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