Through a combined effort, a plan to smuggle contraband into Logan County’s jail was thwarted by agents from the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF), officers from the Russellville Police Department, and deputies at the Logan County Detention Center.
According to jailer Phil Gregory, a tip came in cautioning authorities on the planting of drugs at a local cemetery where inmates were working through the work release program. On Wednesday, July 20, agents from the SCKDTF set up surveillance on the cemetery and witnessed an inmate grab a plastic bag containing several items of contraband and then attempt to hide them in one of the cemetery buildings. All three agencies converged on the scene.
“It was a great team effort,” said Gregory. “The drug task force is very instrumental and are great partners with the jail. They help us combat the contraband problem at the jail, which is an ongoing battle.”
The task force has a weekly presence at the detention center, even having an office on site.
“One of the biggest problems we have with the work release program is contraband,” said Gregory. “When an inmate leaves this jail and goes out to a work site, they have an opportunity to access drugs or alcohol by someone they know leaving it behind for them to find. We rely on the work site supervisors and we also search the inmates when they return to the jail. But it is a problem we have to keep on.”
There are many agencies who receive help from the jail through the work release program. From the parks departments at the cities in Logan County to the humane society, many benefit from the program. Those who utilize the program must go through site supervisor training before they can have an inmate at their work site. This helps the supervisors become educated and know what to look out for, said Gregory.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, said Jacky Hunt from the SCKDTF.
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