Smug­gling drugs inside prison


AUS union rep­re­sent­ing cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers calls the dis­cov­ery of hun­dreds of pills inside a prison a “ma­jor se­cu­rity breach.” AFSCME Iowa Coun­cil 61 Pres­i­dent Danny Ho­man called on the Iowa Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions to re­lease more in­for­ma­tion about the breach, ac­cus­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors of keep­ing key de­tails from the pub­lic.

State of­fi­cials said 300 to 400 cap­sules con­tain­ing an un­known sub­stance were dis­cov­ered inside the North Cen­tral Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Rock­well City.

Ho­man said that cell phones and charg­ers were also dis­cov­ered – a fact that depart­ment spokesman Fred Scaletta re­fused to con- firm or deny. Ho­man said that phones were the “worst kind of con­tra­band” be­cause they al­low in­mates to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple out­side the prison.

Ho­man said he be­lieves one or more mem­bers of the pub­lic were able to smug­gle in the con­tra­band “be­cause of the lack of staffing and ap­pro­pri­ate staff train­ing.”

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