Pills, Tobacco and Cell Phones Found in Full-Scale Metro Corrections Prison Raid | News


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Corrections was the subject of a full-scale prison search focused on detecting drugs and contraband on Tuesday.

According to Steve Durham, deputy director of the Louisville Metro Corrections, the downtown Louisville jail used a limited movement schedule as part of a one-day initiative called “Operation Clean Sweep.”

Metro Corrections Director Dwayne Clark said officers conducted a thorough search of every inmate, as well as a review of inmate housing units, sworn staff and civilian.

Officers used a detention-level body scanner to detect contraband concealed in a body cavity, Clark said.

“We do random searches of inmates, their housing units every day,” Clark said in a press release. “Unannounced searches of this size happen at random over the years and are the best security measures.”

Officials found two cell phones on contract workers, which are banned from inside the detention center. Officers also found lighters, tobacco, pieces of metal, pills and medicine.

“Some of these items, like prescription pills, may appear relatively harmless, but can be accumulated and then misused with fatal results,” Clark said.

Officials say detainees could obtain cell phones, which could threaten victims or use them as a weapon to assault others.

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