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Manson Follower Busted For Smuggling Cellphone to Imprisoned Cult Leader

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A retiree who is a supporter of convicted cult leader Charles Manson was arrested for allegedly trying to sneak his guru a contraband cellphone behind bars.

63-year-old Craig Carlisle Hammond "was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation spokeswoman," reports L.A. Now.

The phone was a "wrist watch cellphone." Hammond was searched by guards at Corcoran State Prison and was busted with the device on his person. He was taken to jail and released about four hours later on $30,000 bail.

Turns out Hammond is a frequent visitor to Manson, 78, who has been caught in the past with cellphones, which are on the no-no list for prisoners. Hammond, by the way, goes by the nickname "Gray Wolf."

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Last year, Manson was denied parole yet again, and is not due to go before the board until he is 92 years old, should he survive that long. His buddy Gray Wolf is due in court next month for this weekend's prison visit charges.