Fresno man charged with throwing meth into Mendota prison yard

The Fresno man allegedly threw the methamphetamine over the prison fence in broad daylight.

A Fresno man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for throwing methamphetamine into the recreational yard of a Mendota prison. 

U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced that Garrett Scott Wheelen, 33, was charged with possessing methamphetamine. 


Driving the news: Court documents state that Wheelen arrived at the Federal Correctional Institution Mendota wearing a facemask, baseball cap and hoodie to conceal his identity on May 1. 

  • Wheelen ran to the prison fence in broad daylight and tossed four packages into the prison’s recreation yard. 
  • Prison officials quickly apprehended Wheelen after he attempted to flee. 
  • They discovered that the packages contained over three pounds of methamphetamine. 
  • None of the prisoners who were in the prison yard at the time retrieved the packages that Wheelen threw. 

What we’re watching: Wheelen faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted. 

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