Jail Inmate Charged with Receiving Drugs at Father’s Funeral

Man allegedly got drugs from family member who hugged him

By Justin Franz

POLSON — A Lake County jail inmate who was allowed to attend his father’s funeral in handcuffs and leg chains faces new charges after officers preparing to return him to jail found he had a condom containing suspected heroin and cash.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says a court order was granted to allow Michael Assiniboine Jr. to attend his father’s funeral on Friday. He was allowed to hug some family members.

When officers began patting Assiniboine down before leaving they discovered he had something in his hand, which he then transferred to his mouth.

Bell says Assiniboine bit an officer and officers used a stun gun several times to prevent him from swallowing the contraband.

Assiniboine, who is 29, now faces charges of drug possession and assault on a peace officer.

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