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Contraband crackdown continues at state prisons

YAZOO CITY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Officers searched two regional facilities Thursday as part of the Mississippi Department of Corrections' contraband crackdown known as Operation Zero Tolerance.

A search at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility in Yazoo City and the Holmes-Humphreys County Regional Correctional Facility in Lexington before dawn netted contraband at both prisons.

Several cell phones, cell phone chargers, cell phone batteries, digital scales, cigarette lighters, packages of cigarettes, and suspected spice and marijuana were seized at the Holmes County Facility.

According to a press release from the MDOC Office of Communications, large amounts of commissary items were also found with several inmates, indicating that the inmates may be using the items for illegal purposes, such as extortion.

At the Yazoo Facility. officers found homemade alcoholic beverage and excessive nuisance contraband.

"I am pleased that we did not find a large amount of dangerous contraband," said Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall. "As evident by what we found especially at Yazoo, the zero tolerance message apparently is being heard."

Hall has extended the renewed security effort to inmates posting on Facebook and the search of visitors and vendors who enter prison grounds.

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