CORCORAN ( — A man who was visiting convicted murderer Charles Manson was arrested Sunday after authorities found him carrying a cell phone into Corcoran State Prison.

Craig Hammond, 63, was found to be in possession of a wristwatch style cell phone, which investigators believe he was attempting to smuggle to Manson.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Spokeswoman Terry Thornton told KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou, that in fact Hammond was on a list of approved visitors for Manson.

“He was booked into the Kings County Jail and he was charged with unauthorized communication with a prisoner, bringing a cell phone into a prison, which is illegal now, and conspiracy to commit a crime,” Thornton said.

Hammond posted $30,000 bail and is expected back in court April 25.

Guards have found Charles Manson in possession of cell phones twice in recent years. One of those cases is still under investigation, KNX 1070 reports.

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