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Top 5 most bizarre contraband smuggling stories of 2018

Think you’ve seen it all?


For more from our expert columnists on the year in corrections, check out our full “2018 in Review” special coverage here.

By C1 Staff

Inmates will stop at nothing to get contraband into correctional facilities, and despite how many stories we’ve published over the years, the ways in which contraband gets smuggled in (and the things that get smuggled in) continues to surprise us. Think you’ve seen it all? Take a look at our roundup of the five strangest contraband smuggling stories of the year.

1. Inmate loses appeal after arguing that drugs hidden in buttocks weren’t his


An inmate lost his appeal after making a big stink about how the drugs hidden in his buttocks weren’t his. FULL STORY

2. Md. mother accused of mailing drugs to her inmate son


A mother’s love truly knows no boundaries. FULL STORY

3. Texas COs find $17M of cocaine in box of donated fruit


This story was bananas…in more ways than one! FULL STORY

4. Attempt to sneak impotence medicine into prison thwarted


No bones about it, this was a weird one. FULL STORY

5. woman charged after trying to smuggle drugs into jail with glitter glue, crayons


A woman’s attempt to add a little sparkle to an inmate’s life didn’t go as planned. FULL STORY


Many of these stories are funny, but in all seriousness, contraband remains one of the biggest issues in prison and jail facilities, and keeping your contraband detection skills sharp is vital to ensuring the safety of both staff and inmates. Check out the following expert articles to help you in the fight against contraband:

5 key areas to inspect for contraband

5 concepts for effective contraband control training

The rising threat of drug exposure in correctional facilities

CO training: Everyday items inmates use as weapons

Quiz: Are your contraband search skills up to snuff?

Quiz: Do you know how to safely handle contraband drugs?

How a New York prison is using UAS detection tech

Back to basics: 2 tactics still relevant in contraband search

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Detectives suspect the man, who kicked and spit at guards, was “grooming” a nurse by exchanging letters with her
State prison officials credit coordination with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and other phone companies to shut down 790 contraband cellphones