- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Charles Manson loyalist was arrested Sunday on suspicion of trying to smuggle a cell phone into the California prison where the mass murderer resides.

Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, was arrested for investigation of conspiracy, possession of an illegal communication device and attempting to bring a cell phone into a prison, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Hammond is scheduled to be in court next month after he was released on bail. Recent state legislation makes it a misdemeanor to smuggle a cell phone into a prison, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, the AP reports.

The wristwatch cell phone was found by a correctional officer at Corcoran State Prison. It never got into Manson’s hands, authorities said.

The infamous cult leader is serving a life sentence for orchestrating a series of gruesome murders more than 40 years ago. He has been caught with a smuggled cell phone twice in the past four years, the AP reports.

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