Local man accused of delivering tobacco to prisoner

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JUNEAU—A Rock County man faces the possibility of prison time after being accused of delivering chewing tobacco to an inmate at the state prison farm at Waupun.

Peter H. Smith, 58, of 6219 S. Highway 51, Lot 249, Janesville, made his initial appearance in Dodge County Circuit Court on Monday on charges of delivering illegal articles to an inmate.

Smith could face up to three and one-half years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted, according to the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.

Smith was released on a $1,000 signature bond and ordered not to go to any state correctional institution and to have no contact with state inmates.

According to the criminal complaint, a deputy investigating a tip in April saw a black bag tossed out of Smith's vehicle. The bag, containing two rolls of chewing tobacco, landed in the farm's driveway, the newspaper reported.

When Smith was stopped, he told officers that he had “screwed up,” according to the complaint.

Smith told officers he was delivering the tobacco to a family member in prison, according to the complaint. The family member was questioned but did not answer questions.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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