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People attempting to smuggle contraband, drugs and other items into prison is hardly a new trend. An innovative, yet foolish, Detroit man landed himself into a pile of struggle after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to throw a drug and contraband-stuffed football into a prison yard.

The incident took place outside of the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Lansing, Mich. this past Sunday. It appears the man tried to launch the football into the main yard where most of the inmates work out, but his throw came up far too short and landed between a pair of fences. A prison officer witnessed the man making the throw, later discovering it contained heroin, marijuana, three cell phones and tobacco.

The Detroit Free Press has more:

“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.

Let that be a lesson, kids. If you’re going to be throwing drug-filled footballs into prison yards, work on your throws in the off season. Don’t get any ideas, however.

Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections