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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012

FEDERAL INMATE PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CONTRABAND

           TEXARKANA, TX – United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a federal inmate, Santos Silva Hernandez, 43, pleaded guilty to possession of contraband in a federal prison during a hearing before United States Magistrate Caroline M. Craven.

           According to information presented in court, on November 26, 2011, a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas was conducting a routine search of Silva Hernandez’s personal wall locker when he discovered six pieces of paper containing a green leafy substance. The substance tested positive for marijuana, with a gross weight of 61.7 grams. Silva Hernandez admitted that the marijuana belonged to him and that he knowingly possessed it.

           Silva Hernandez faces a prison term not to exceed 5 years, a fine not to exceed $250,000 or both. A sentencing date has not been scheduled at this time.

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

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