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October 30, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Roy Elbert Carlton, 43, of Temple, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to 27 months in prison for possessing drugs in a prison. He was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.
Carlton was found guilty August 7, 2013, after a two-day trial. The jury deliberated for 20 minutes and returned a guilty verdict.  Witness testimony and documents admitted at trial revealed that Carlton’s codefendant, Whitney C. Anderson and their children, visited him on February 20, 2010, at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La. During the visit, one of the children was sitting on Carlton’s lap. Carlton was seen taking something out of the child’s pocket and then swallowing it. At that point, the visit was terminated, and Carlton was taken to a cell for observation. Eventually, the item swallowed by Carlton was excreted. The matter appeared to be balloon fragments and other material that tested positive for the presence of marijuana. Testimony at trial revealed that Anderson had brought multiple balloons filled with marijuana to the facility to smuggle to Carlton.

Anderson was sentenced Monday, October 28, 2013 to eight months in prison for providing contraband to a prisoner. She was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. She pleaded guilty July 15, 2013.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg prosecuted the case.

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