Contraband confiscated at correctional facility
by Rory Doyle
Jan 17, 2013 | 2899 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Sheriff Department, in conjunction with the Mississippi Highway Patrol Special Operation Group and S.W.A.T. team, did a shakedown of the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility early Tuesday morning before daybreak.

The search produced nine cell phones, small amounts of tobacco and marijuana, tattoo paraphernalia, pornography and other nuisance contraband.

"This was my idea to send the message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated at the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility," said Sheriff Kelvin Williams.

If any subject is caught bringing contraband into the jail they will be charged and prosecuted.

"We'd like to thank the Mississippi Highway Patrol for assistance with this shakedown and our continued effort with different agencies. We will continue shakedowns with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in the future to help eliminate the problem."

Searches at the facility will continue on a random basis.

"In my first year as sheriff we confiscated 50 cell phones, pounds and pounds of tobacco, close to a pound of marijuana and some other things.

"I don't condone this and it won't be tolerated."

Williams said he's not sure how banned items make their way into the facility but possibilities include visitations, offender work details and staff.

"We're not the only facility in Mississippi having this problem, but it's detrimental and it won't be tolerated," said Williams.