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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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Sean Bresnahan    

Can my April get any better? Imus commits career suicide and Joe Francis is self-destructing by the moment. This arrogant little prick is really, really screwed. Now that the Feds are on to him, it is bye-bye.

2687 days ago
32.

Jane    

Joey's goin' down!!! Wonder how long until he slits his wrists in there...

2687 days ago
33.

za za oops    

he is way too disrespectful and therefore deserves such.

2687 days ago
34.

woozie    



Now there is a bright guy

2687 days ago
35.

LMFAO    

LOL you people are so dumb and unoriginal, the next person to use that tired old " I hope u like it up the ass, cos thats what they do in jail" BS deserves a ranting!!
I know that Joe is hardly a saint but to all the 4000,000,000,000,000 lusty men out there, he provides a very handy service. And for those of you who think that he is scum I have a question for y'all, why do you think that he is revered and respected even at the echelons of Hollywood?? Hmm.

2687 days ago
36.

GOD 1    

. I think he is kinda hot!!!!!!!! and the more bad things he does want's me to have him as my jail pen pal......get back Joe....

Posted at 5:53PM on Apr 12th 2007 by LOVELOVELOVE

he loves you too bob..

2687 days ago
37.

Missy    

Joe they are all mad at you because you are exploiting mostly white girls. I wonder if they were girls other than white girls would some people be using the word innocent. NOT

2687 days ago
38.

Sean Bresnahan    

Gordy: Zip up your pants and put the "Guys Gone Wild" tape away.

2687 days ago
39.

jimbo69    

Where, under what rock was this creature hatched. Anyone with an ounce of brainpower knows not to trust anyone in a jail or prison setting. What a moron.

2687 days ago
40.

tba    

This guy is a poster boy on doing all the wrong things not to stay in jail

2687 days ago
41.

Gabriela    

He had to know that these girls he was filming were someone's daughters. Some of those daughters had fathers who probably work for the IRS or some other government entity. He was not low key, he was arrogant, and even in jail he still thinks he's above the law. Capone didn't get a slap on the wrist for tax evasion and neither will this guy.

2687 days ago
42.

Leonard    

To everybody reading this thread: I have personal extensive knowledge regarding the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure + have previously posted my comments here in connection with Joe Francis when he first refused to surrender himself last week , under a Court order for contempt, issued by a U.S. District Judge in Florida. His plea bargin with the government to settle with the underage plaintiffs failed which, was at the time of sentencing, only a federal misdemeanor civil matter that will most likely now be enhanced to a federal criminal felony instead, based on his failure to surrender + the fact that he was caught with contraband while in federal custody. This Florida federal matter has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the fact that he was just indicted today on two counts of tax evasion by a federal Grand Jury in Reno, NV. You can read the complete indictment on the smokinggun.com. These charges are far more serious then Francis' legal issues in Florida. BOTH involve FEDERAL civil + now criminal charges. I can guarantee you that Francis will ultimately end up making a plea deal with the feds in the tax evasion charges, since there is NO WAY he will be able to beat the rap - he is toast! I question the "timing "of the unsealing of the indictment a day after he was arrested by the U.S. Marshals in Florida, but when it comes to the feds, no holes are barred. He will DEFINITELY be sentenced to a term in custody on the tax evasion charges no matter what. Today's indictment for tax evasion against Francis is a death knell by comparison to the the legal problems he faces in Florida. However BOTH cases are being adjudicated in Federal Court which is like comparing apples + oranges in prosecuting a civil or criminal state case .

2687 days ago
43.

Auntie Em    


Apparently, many posters here must've missed this part of the article.....

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So, there ya go.

Pay attention, class

2687 days ago
44.

Auntie Em    


LOL....okay, let's try this again....this part of the article tells how he obtained the cash and pills.

== 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. ==

So, his producer is in jail, too.....this is just too good!....Have fun, boys !!!

2687 days ago
45.

Princess    

Dumb & Dumber.
KARMA is a B*tch. What goes around, comes around.
These guys are sure to be Super Bia*ches, if time is
served. What a slimy guy..ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

2687 days ago
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