Top 5 most bizarre contraband smuggling stories of 2020
From Rice Krispies treats to lettuce, contraband hiding places never fail to surprise
By Corrections1 Staff
Despite inmate visitation restrictions in 2020 due to the coronavirus, inmates and their friends and family were still able to get contraband into correctional facilities. The way contraband gets smuggled in – and what gets smuggled in – can still be surprising even for the most veteran COs.
Take a look at our roundup of the five strangest contraband smuggling stories of the year.
Snap, crackle, caught.
Some inmates were getting high on children's drawings laced with synthetic marijuana and mailed to the Rock County Jail, according to a criminal complaint.
That’s one way to eat your vegetables.
Inmates in San Francisco were looking to cheer on the home team for the 49ers v. Chiefs game.
Special delivery: The drone, which got caught in a net above a prison fence, was carrying marijuana, cigarette lighters and cellphones.
"The ingenuity is pretty impressive," the sheriff's office shared on Facebook.
While many of these stories may make you chuckle, contraband remains one of the biggest security risks in prison, jail and detention facilities. Check out these expert articles to help you in the fight against contraband:
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- How to be a contraband detective
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- The dangers of a 'cool' correctional officer
- How to prevent drug-smuggling visitors
- How pruno can have a life-threatening effect
- 5 essential training topics for correctional officer