Corrections officers said they smelled marijuana as defendant Elvis Hester was leaving a visiting area on June 25, 2014, at the Penal Farm on Mullins Station Road. As officers approached Hester, he began choking and a scuffle followed when he refused to open his mouth.
Officers said Hester refused to speak and managed to swallow a small, unidentified lump, but after a brief search they recovered a lump of marijuana wrapped in black electrical tape from his sock.
Hester was convicted Wednesday of possession of a controlled substance. His visitor was not charged because no one witnessed any exchange.
Hester, 35, who was serving time for burglary and being a felon with a handgun, will be sentenced next month by Criminal Court Judge John Campbell.He has another pending drug case stemming from the discovery of marijuana in his cell three months later.
The case this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Jose Leon.