Shakedown At Huntington Co. Jail

By Max Resnik

March 18, 2011 Updated Mar 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – What does it take to keep contraband out of the Huntington County Jail? Today, Indiana’s NewsCenter was given a behind the scenes look at in impromptu full-scale shakedown.

It began at 7:45 this morning as 40 officers from the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Huntington Police Department and the Indiana State Police assembled simultaneously to eradicate each cellblock of any contraband.

Defined as any material or items that an inmate is prohibited from having, officers searched for drugs, tobacco, alcohol, metal objects and even magazines, pens and books that aren’t permitted behind bars. The search is the result of an attempt by people outside the jail who tried to mail inmates envelopes loaded with cocaine and meth.

Today, the most popular items found were tattooing kits and homemade cigarettes. Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel says his inmates understand the ramifications of possessing contraband in Huntington County Jail. During the search he said that his team will “let them know that they do not tolerate it so if they’re found with that stuff they’ll be arrested.”

If found with contraband inmates could lose good time served, which could ultimately affect their sentence upon entering the Department of Corrections according to Stoffel.

For an in-depth view of each cellblock, K-9 officer searches, cell sizes and some of the contraband, check out the gallery above. There are more than 20 photographs from today’s tour.

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