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Joe Francis' Prison Water-gate

4/12/2007 6:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Girls Gone Wild" bad boy Joe Francis has allegedly been found with pills in his Florida jail cell -- and the reason he got caught is because he allegedly tried to bribe a guard for a bottle of water with a $100 bill on Wednesday night.

And get this ...TMZ has also learned that the President of Mantra Films, Scott Barbour, the company that produces "Girls Gone Wild," has also been arrested by the Bay County Sheriff on suspicion of slipping the pills and the cash to Francis. Authorities say Barbour made the handoff when he visited Francis Wednesday night at the jail. Now Barbour is an inmate at the same jail as Francis.

Scott Barbour booking photoWe've confirmed the story The County Press broke, that authoritites searched Francis and found at least three different types of pills -- anti-anxiety meds Aprazolam and Lorazepam, as well as the sleeping med Lunesta.

Francis could be charged with the crime of introducing contraband into a correctional facility, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance.

Calls to reps for Mantra Films were not returned.

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16.

Tigger    

THIS SAY'S ALOT ABOUT THE SHERIFF's DEPT, HE SHOULD NOT BE CHARGED BUT THE DEPT SHOULD BE CHARGED...... ARE THET STUPIED DOWN THERE OR WHAT???????? WELL DUH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2647 days ago
17.

buddha00man    

try not to bend over for that soap....maybe he'll do a ggw prison edition...

2647 days ago
18.

Sassy    

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy HA HA!!--looks like you'll detox in jail~~~

2647 days ago
19.

amy    

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha this scum bag needs to be locked away for life

2647 days ago
20.

Sassy    

I now believe in the phrase what goes around comes around!!!!!! Let's see some inmates go wild on joe-----come on inmates "exploit" him please!!!!
then someone write about it and put it all over the web!!!!!

2647 days ago
21.

Steve    

HA! Here is a secret GirlsGoneWild site put up by Joe so him and his execs can send out free sample videos to all their clients.

http://x.azjmp.com/0TDKz

Enjoy! :)

2647 days ago
22.

Emma    

Lorazepam is a pretty intense anti-anxiety drug. He either has a some genuine depression-anxiety issues, or seriously wants to check out...

2647 days ago
23.

annab    

could not happen to a nicer guy!

maybe he will get a little "used" in jail. then he may have some empathy for his victims.

2647 days ago
24.

Kasey    

In all reality, who does he think he is? Just making money off all these poor "innocent" little girls. He so ought to be ashamed of himself! But of course, we all know he won't be. What a joke. To live a "lovely" life like that. How funny. Oh well, he'll get his, I'm sure.

2647 days ago
25.

Bill from Maine    

What a loser...... Couldnt have happened to a better guy....I hope he ends up in the gutter penniless and homeless.... Thats Karma slapping ya right in the face....

2647 days ago
26.

Neighbor    

I work in the Federal court system and this guy is probably doing the most time now that he will ever do until he posts bail. Ist time tax evasion can be explained and settlement arranged. Felony Possesion of Contraband is only used until the prosecutor needs to use it which probably may go away with part of the plea and even then will be reduced to possession of controlled substance - misdemenor. He will most likely be on probabuion and/or home detention which is the only way of preventing him of retuning to his work. And even then as he is not a public official he probably can continue anyway.

Today is only Friday so is is highly likely that he is still in the slothing he was arrested in and may have had these pills in his pocket. Really no big deal. And finally, sexual assault is highly unlikely as he is probably segregated from gen pop. but in any case not as frequent as people may think. Sorry don't hold your breath, oh and one final, jail overcrowding . This is not a priority, as the judge has already stated in motion hearing.

2647 days ago
27.

Hal    

I love it! This scumbag will get what's coming to him!

2647 days ago
28.

JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin    

I thought he was a great example of the American dream. Rich, young, successful, dating hot, young women....what, do you mean he's a tax cheat, sleeps with underage women, is addicted to pills, and bribes policemen? No, please, no! He is presidential material!

This couldn't happen to a nicer guy...



2647 days ago
29.

They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

JOE ANNA NICLOE SIMPSON FRANCIS, MUST BE TALKING TO ANNAS DOCTOR, THEY HAVE WATER IN THE CELL?SORRY CHARLIE PILLS ARE FOR ANNA

2647 days ago
30.

Virginia    

This was dumb.

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