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MOULTRIE, Ga. – An inmate at a South Georgia prison is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the facility after an off-campus work detail, authorities said.

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Lucas Lorenzo Waddell, 39, was charged Monday with crossing a state-county guard line with drugs, weapons, intoxicants without permission and possession of contraband by an inmate, according to The Moultrie Observer.

Waddell has been an inmate at Colquitt County Prison and is currently serving a 40-year term after being convicted on several drug possession counts, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

According to Justin Seary, an investigator for the Moultrie Police Department-Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office drug enforcement team, Waddell was on a work detail on Oct. 20 when a detail officer at the prison found three balls of marijuana hidden inside a water cooler jug that was used by the work crew, the Observer reported.

“The detail officer found the balls and contacted us to work the case,” Searcy told the newspaper on Thursday. ”After watching surveillance camera footage, we were able to see Waddell place the marijuana inside the coolers.”

Searcy said the three balls were “roughly the size of an egg,” the Observer reported. The drugs were wrapped in cellophane and then electrical tape, according to the newspaper.