Beaumont, Texas : 25-year-old Joshua Randall Hansen, a federal inmate, escaped from a minimum security prison in Beaumont and was arrested by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies as he was running back to the prison with a duffel bag containing brandy, whisky, tobacco, packaged snacks, fruit and home cooked food – in what authorities believe to be a pattern of inmates sneaking in prohibited items.
A rancher reported noticing inmates coming in and out of his private land near the prison facility, leading the sheriff’s office to set up a sting operation.
This happened Wednesday around 7:30 p.m.
Hansen is being charged in Jefferson County with escape and drug possession. He could also face additional charges on the federal level.
The sheriff’s office released the following statement about the incident:
“Deputies received information that inmates were escaping from the Federal Complex on the back side of the facility and crossing onto private land owned by a local rancher. It was reported that they were picking up contraband and taking it back into the facility.
JCSO Narcotics Investigators and the U.S. Marshalls set up a surveillance around 5:45 p.m.. A vehicle entered onto the private property and made a drop of a large duffle bag. At approximately 7:30 p.m., an inmate ran from the Prison grounds and grabbed the duffle bag. As the escapee was running back towards the Prison, Deputies made the arrest.
The duffle bag contained 3 bottles of Brandy, 1 bottle of Whisky, multiple bags of Buglar tobacco, packaged snacks, fruit and a large amount of home cooked food.
The escapee was identified as 25 year old Joshua Hansen of Dallas, Texas. He was in prison on Narcotics charges. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on the charge of Escape and Possession of Marijuana. He also has a Federal Hold placed on him. The investigation continues.”
Jefferson County deputies were alerted that inmates were escaping from the back side of the federal prison complex then crossing onto a local rancher’s land nearby to pick up contraband and taking it back into the prison according to the release.
Jefferson County narcotics investigators and U.S. Marshals set up surveillance in the area at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday evening and while there noticed a vehicle enter the rancher’s property and leave a large duffel bag the release said.
At about 7:30 p.m. they spotted Hansen run from the prison grounds and grab the duffel bag.
Deputies arrested Hansen as he was running back to the prison with the duffel bag according to the release.
The Bureau of Prisons is expected to release a statement Thursday afternoon.