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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Pollock prisoner pleads guilty to possessing an improvised knife

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Pollock prisoner pleaded guilty Monday to possessing an improvised weapon.

Jihad Chase, 36, an inmate at U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee. D. Drell to one count of possessing contraband in prison. According to the guilty plea, Chase was found in possession of an improvised weapon, commonly referred to as a “shank,” on April 25, 2017 while at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock. The weapon in Chase’s possession was an object, sharpened to a point, approximately 6.5 inches in length, and prohibited on prison grounds.

Chase faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for October 16, 2018.

The FBI and U.S. Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Forrest T. Phillips is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 26, 2018