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Courtesy of Michigan Department of Corrections via Detroit Free Press

A Detroit man is facing federal charges after he tried to toss a football filled with drugs, cell phones and other contraband into a Michigan prison yard. Christen Deon-Sterling Moore, 32, is charged with trying to deliver heroin, marijuana, cell phones and tobacco via the football, which didn’t make it to its intended target.

A prison officer at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Lansing says he saw Moore throw the football, which landed in between a pair of fences and not into the main yard where prisoners could have retrieved the package. Moore was arrested immediately by the officer, who later made the discovery that he was doing more than playing an impossible game of catch.

From the Detroit Free Press:

“After observing the passenger exit the vehicle and throw the football, our officer ran towards the vehicle and drew his Taser and told the driver to stop, which he did,” said Russ Marlan, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Christen Deon-Sterling Moore, 32, is charged with crimes related to delivery of heroin and marijuana and smuggling cell phones to prisoners, Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka said today. Each is a five-year felony. A conference will be held Friday on how to proceed with the case. Moore has been arraigned but it was not clear today whether he is free on bond.

Prison officials say that tossing contraband over the prison fences has become a new way for smugglers to get goods, as the gun towers that surround the facility are no longer under mandatory ruling to be manned. However, random foot patrols and other surveillance methods have been applied in cutting down the instances.

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