Man tries to get drugs into Livingston jail; ends up with 10-year sentence

A 35-year-old Livingston man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to smuggle thousands of dollars worth of drugs last year into the Livingston Parish Jail.

Judge Zorraine Waguespack on Monday handed down the sentence to Kennie Wascom II, who pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule II controlled dangerous substances, and one count of introducing and possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail, a news release from the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s office said.

Wascom was sentenced to serve 10 years with the department of corrections for the distribution charge and five years for the possession charge. The charges are to be served concurrently.

Wascom, of Red Oak Road, was arrested on Oct. 3, 2012. Narcotics and corrections officers hiding in a wooded area near the Livingston Parish Detention Center waited for a few hours until a man walked onto the Detention Center property outside the jail’s other-perimeter fence, authorities have said.

The man, who was later identified as Wascom, was carrying a package containing multiple drugs, including methamphetamine. The drugs were packed inside tobacco wrapped in clear plastic and bound with tape and cord, authorities said.

Deputies later learned that a trusty at the detention center was to retrieve the drugs, which Wascom planned to throw over the fence, and bring them into one of the dorms where they would be distributed to inmates.

The street value was about $2,000, but the value inside the facility would have been $5,000 to $10,000, Lori Steele, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, said shortly after the incident.