Top 10 bizarre contraband stories of 2021
The ingenuity, or serious lack thereof, is astounding
By Corrections1 Staff
If we know anything about inmates, it's that many will go to some serious lengths to get contraband behind bars. This fact alone is anything but surprising, but then we come across stories like the ones below, and we can't help but shake our heads.
Take a look at our roundup of the strangest contraband smuggling stories of the year.
How many licks does it take to go to jail?
Inmates at the Oklahoma County Detention Center were sneaking in the usual suspects – phones, tobacco, drugs – via a bedsheet rope they would lower to the ground. Well, until a detention officer took a break in the parking lot at just the right time, that is.
Really? Someone thought that would work?
The group also had a launching device in their vehicle when they were pulled over. Maybe next time don't speed on your way to commit a felony?
"He's the reason that politicians and elected officials get the bad rap," said Sheriff Michael Murphy.
These full-service pens even came complete with rolling papers.
We can at least understand why another inmate was caught with a shank, but a shotgun shell? Just ... why?
They really will make weapons out of anything.
As if the teachers' jobs weren't already hard enough.
Anthony Ray Variet was once again charged with conspiracy to smuggle contraband into jail after ratting himself out to a deputy.
All we have to say is:
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:
- Cell shakedowns: How to handle strategic threat group contraband
- The true cost of contraband
- How digital intelligence tools can stop crime from the inside out
- Coping with the never-ending evolution of inmate weapons
- Battling narcotics in jail mail
- Why a layered screening strategy is critical for stopping contraband