Deep fryer, drugs, money and more found in MDOC shakedown

The searches happened at multiple correctional facilities across Mississippi.

Deep fryer, drugs, money and more found in MDOC shakedown
A deep fryer, condiments, and secret hiding spots cut into books were found at South Mississippi Correctional Institute in Greene County during two separate searches of Areas I and II. (Source: Photo MS Dept. of Corrections)

MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Prison officials in Mississippi are continuing efforts to find and remove contraband in facilities throughout the Magnolia State.

Aside from drugs, cell phones, and cigarettes, those searches have turned up some more interesting items, like a large deep fryer.

Drugs, cash, and more were found at Delta Correctional Facility Technical Violation Center in Leflore, MS, during a shakedown on March 19.
Drugs, cash, and more were found at Delta Correctional Facility Technical Violation Center in Leflore, MS, during a shakedown on March 19. (Source: Photo MS Dept. of Corrections)

According to Mississippi Department of Corrections, a mixture of facilities were searched, including George County Community Work Center, Harrison County Community Work Center, and South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County, which is where the deep fryer was found.

Other illegal items that were found include cash, assorted pills, shanks, cellphones and cellphone-related items, tobacco and tobacco-related items, marijuana, spice, crystal methamphetamine, portable radios, and assorted jewelry.

Various contraband items, like lighters, tobacco, cell phones, and other electronics, were seized from George County Community Work Center on March 15.
Various contraband items, like lighters, tobacco, cell phones, and other electronics, were seized from George County Community Work Center on March 15. (Source: Photo MS Dept. of Corrections)

At Marshall County Correctional Facility in Holly Springs, guards also found a can of paint primer and a can of paint, as well as lighters, bottles of tattoo ink, a tattoo gun, portable radios, meth, and electronic cigarettes.

“Random large-scale shakedowns are one of the measures among our aggressive steps to limit the flow of contraband in our prison system,” Corrections Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said. “We recognize that completely getting rid of all the contraband at any one facility is unlikely, but we are not letting up in our efforts because cellphones or shanks in the hands of incarcerated residents are a threat to public safety.”

Cell phones and other electronics, along with many other items, were among the contraband found at Harrison County Community Work Center on March 28.
Cell phones and other electronics, along with many other items, were among the contraband found at Harrison County Community Work Center on March 28. (Source: Photo Mississippi Dept. of Corrections)

Commissioner Hall said facilities where large amounts of contraband items are found are expected to provide corrective action plans to address the issue. “We do not intend to exempt any facility nor do we plan to provide advanced notice,” she said.

The contraband searches took place between March 15 and April 17.

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