Federal inmate accused of possessing synthetic marijuana in prison


A federal grand jury indicted an inmate of the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution for possession of contraband Wednesday.

Jasmer West, 28, is accused of possessing two types of synthetic marijuana April 6, according to his indictment pending in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. If convicted, West could see up to 10 years tacked onto his existing sentence and faces the possibility of a fine up to $250,000.

According to court records, West is currently serving a 72-month sentence for distribution of methamphetamine he received last year in the Hot Springs Division of the Western District of Arkansas. The Bureau of Prisons shows West’s current projected date of release as April 4, 2020. If found guilty of possessing the contraband, any sentence West receives must be served after he has finished serving his time on his original conviction.

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