BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Around 130 members of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections as well as 12 Department of Corrections dog teams searched for contraband at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center on Thursday morning.
The early morning shakedown uncovered various forms of contraband including these items:
- One pound, 4.55 ounces of marijuana
- 5.45 ounces of synthetic marijuana
- 6.75 ounces of crystal meth
- .6 ounces of ecstasy pills
- 38 suboxone strips
- 23 sheets of synthetic paper marijuana
- 77 assorted pills
- Four packs of rolling papers
- Three packs of cigars
- Two scales
- 60 homemade weapons (shanks)
- 100 cellphones
- 60 cellphone chargers
- Three sim cards
- 29 cigarette lighters
- Three gallons of homemade beer
Around 200 inmates were drug tested during the shakedown.
“I applaud our employees at all of our institutions for what they are doing to fight the smuggling,” said Jimmy Le Blanc, secretary, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. “We are making progress in our fight to rid our state prisons of contraband, but we must stay the course, and continue our aggressive efforts. We are not alone in the fight against contraband, state departments of corrections across the country face the same daily battle we face here in Louisiana. Contraband puts our staff and offenders at risk, so it is imperative we continue our efforts to prevent the infiltration of these illegal items into our correctional institutions.”
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is looking into how these illegal items were smuggled into the prison.