Opelousas man gets one year for possessing knife in prison

Posted at 5:12 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 18:12:54-04

A Pollock prisoner from Opelousas was sentenced last week to 12 months and one day in prison for possessing an improvised knife.

Torrey Griffin, 27, of Opelousas, Louisiana, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of possessing contraband in a prison. He was also sentenced to one year of supervised release.

According to the January 19, 2018 guilty plea, Griffin was searched at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana, on July 30, 2017. A prison guard discovered that Griffin could not clear the metal detector, and during a pat down, the guard removed a knife from Griffin’s pants. The knife was approximately 6 and a half inches long and made of metal sharpened on one end.

The FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons-Special Investigative Services conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Ayo prosecuted the case.