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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 05, 2012

INMATE RECEIVES ADDITIONAL JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION OF CONTRABAND DRUGS

                 TEXARKANA, TX – United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a federal inmate has received an additional term of imprisonment for possession of contraband.

                Benito Lopez-Chapa, a 44 year old Rio Grande City, Texas resident currently confined at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana was sentenced to 6 months during a hearing today before United States District Judge David Folsom.

                According to information presented in court, on December 30, 2010, a search of Lopez-Chapa's locker led to the discovery of a pair of gym shorts that contained nine small folded pieces of paper hidden in the elastic waist band.  Correctional officers discovered that the folded pieces of paper contained marijuana. 

                 This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.

                                                                                               
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