New prison contraband sweep yield guns, drugs, phones

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Multiple agencies participated in an pre-dawn operation at Bibb County Correctional Facility on Wednesday in an effort to crack down on prison contraband.

The operation, the third of its kind this year, yielded 37 makeshift weapons, the synthetic drug flakka, marijuana, suboxone, assorted pills, and contraband cell phones by midday.

Alabama Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn says, “The ADOC is committed to providing a safe workplace for our employees and protecting those who are in our custody.  “These joint operations are one of the many important steps our Department is taking to reduce the presence of contraband in our facilities, which will create safer environments for all.”

According to the ADOC, illegal contraband is a leading cause for violence and criminal activities inside of prisons.

In February, the first joint operation involving ALEA, AEMA, ADOT, Pardons and Paroles, with local and county support was held at St. Clair Correctional Facility and yielded contraband including drugs, cell phones, and makeshift weapons.

An April operation at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore yielded 356 makeshift weapons, 91 grams of meth, 98 grams of marijuana, cocaine, more than 400 assorted pills, and 16 cell phones.

Three people were also arrested over the weekend at two other facilities for promoting prison contraband when they tired to sneak items into the prisons.

Bibb County is a medium-custody site housing more than 1,800 inmates.


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