Douglas' Prison Request Denied
CAMERON DOUGLAS is facing the possibility of serving his five-year jail term in a federal prison - after a judge refused a request to send him to a minimum security unit in New Jersey.
The son of actor Michael Douglas was locked up in a Manhattan federal jail for drug charges on Tuesday (20Apr10).
The 31 year old pleaded guilty to one count of methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and one count of possession of cocaine in January (10).
Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Berman initially approved Douglas' request to serve the term at a minimum security prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
His legal team fears he may not "immediately qualify for designation" at the Lewisburg jail, so they wrote a letter to the judge asking for Douglas to be transferred to a facility at Fort Dix, New Jersey - where he could continue receiving therapy.
But Berman refused the request because it should have been made at the time of sentencing - and now it is unclear whether Douglas will be transferred to another minimum security unit if officials at Lewisburg refuse to take him.
The It Runs In The Family star was arrested in August (09) following a drugs raid on his room at a New York City hotel.
He was reportedly plotting to move approximately $18,000 (£12,000)-worth of crystal meth from California to New York to sell when an undercover informant alerted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He was previously detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York for the eight months prior to his sentencing.