Cops say inmate escaped to smuggle food, liquor and tobacco back into prison

This article was originally published by The Extract.

One Texas law enforcement agency reported an escaped federal inmate was caught as he tried to sneak back into prison with a duffel bag packed with the comforts of home — the home of a nearby rancher, to be precise.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that the agency worked with federal authorities in response to a tip that inmates had been escaping from the federal prison complex and smuggling contraband back into the facility.

A short time after setting up surveillance around the prison, deputies reportedly saw 25-year-old Joshua Hansen escape from the prison grounds and pick up the bag located a short distance away. He was detained as he was running back toward the facility.

According to a sheriff’s office statement, the duffel bag contained multiple bottles of liquor, an array of tobacco products, various snacks and “a large amount” of home-cooked food.