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Posted about 6 years ago

 

Looking for information on where inmates have hidden items in other facilities so that during cell searches I may not miss them, can anyone and everyone give me ideas as where to look, stories, best ideas, ect.

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Hollowed out saop bars that have been resealed with water, obvious things like cracks in walls are no brainers. We take any and all containers that do not have their original contents, peanut butter jars, cracker boxes. They can get creative, they have 24 hours a day to dream up hiddey holes. If you use black boxes over cuffs, you can thank a lifer in the NJ Sate Prison, his family is gettin rich off that one. Hell, we dont even allow anything but bread out of the chow hall, little off topic there, sorry. They can take the rollers off of deoderant bottles and hide things in them, bottoms of shaving cream cans, dental floss containers are a good place to hide meds.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

   I have seen inmates hide things in the insole of shoes, batteries and males put cigarettes in the openings in their underware.

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If inmates have pictures hanging on the wall, look under the paper.  The most obvious but got by several officers was the blank piece of paper that was on the wall.  Under that, was a hole about 2 ft wide into the next cell.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Ive seen inmates hide contraband inside a bag of chips that they "share" with other inmates, also inside the lapel of their blues is a good spot to find razors...so make sure you shake the hell out of their blues...interesting things start to fall out when this is done....inside the toilet bowl is another good spot.

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The best place to look for contraband in jail is everywhere, prisoner will turn anything into a hiding place. Everything should be treated as suspect until you have checked it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Inside there mats that they sleep on is a good spot. Some inmates even spend enough time to sew the holes back up with strings off there blankets. Inmates also hide pills in there powders or coffe. The silicone off of window seals is made into sticky putty used to stick razors and such under tables and bunks.

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books. they carve a hole in the book so that when its closed it looks like a normal book but when you open it up you cant find some interesting things. Here is an article i found to give you some ideas.


 


As confinement officer Brandon Rolley sorted through mail for inmates at the Vanderburgh County Jail one night in September, he noticed one piece that wasn't quite right.


A mailed legal document such as the one he was looking at typically has a stamped return address from whichever law firm mailed it.


This one, however, had what appeared to be a homemade label. On closer inspection, it also smelled strongly of tobacco, which is not allowed in the jail.


So Rolley opened it. Inside, there were hundreds of pages of legal papers. But Rolley discovered many of them were taped back to back, with flattened and sealed bags of tobacco concealed between the sheets.


"I was excited to prevent it from coming into the facility," Rolley said. "The inmates are always trying to outsmart us, so sometimes we've got to beat them at their own game."


The pressed tobacco and faux legal papers have since made their way to a large plastic bin in Maj. David Wedding's office. Inside, he keeps all sorts of inmate contraband, from weapons to drugs to one plastic bag labeled "hooch," an in-cell attempt at fermenting fruit into alcohol.


Some of the contraband successfully made its way past the jail's many safeguards, while other items were confiscated before reaching the inmates. All of it, Wedding said, shows how important it is for jailers to keep a close watch on what the inmates are doing.


That lesson is perhaps no better conveyed than through the bin's array of makeshift weaponry. There is a toothbrush whittled to a point with a handle formed from bandages. There are numerous pointed metal strips, apparently picked off of a vent grate and sharpened over time. There is an ordinary gym sock packed full of rock-hard bars of soap.


Even a tightly wound stack of magazines, held together by a cardboard tube, turns into a blunt, batlike object that can cause serious injury.


Wedding, the jail's commander, shows the collection to new jailers as examples of what corrections officers might face.


"They don't understand how dangerous it is here," he said. "(This shows) what inmates might be doing, how clever they are, how manipulative they are and that you can't ever turn your back on them."


One of the most complex items is a handmade tattooing device that appears to be constructed out of various inner components of a radio wired into an ordinary ballpoint pen with a sharpened tip.


But much like Rolley's discovery, many of the confiscated items are devices inmates use to sneak in drugs.


One of the most recent is a Halloween card with a black cat on the front. Inside, four stickers surround a short note from the sender.


But beneath each sticker, the sender concealed tobacco.


"That's pretty hard core," Wedding said, lifting up one of the stickers to reveal a very small amount of tobacco. "They don't get much out of that."


Another recent addition to Wedding's bin is a hardcover copy of fantasy-genre novelist Robert Jordan's "Winter's Heart." But inside, starting on page 166, the pages' middle sections are carved out, leaving a small hole all the way through to page 688.


Wedding said the inmate was using the hidden compartment in the book, which when closed looks perfectly normal, to sneak tobacco into the Community Corrections Complex.


Speaking from his South Carolina home, Jordan said he was a little bewildered to hear his work was being used in such a way.


"I'm a little surprised he used that one," he quipped. "It's not the thickest of my novels by far. But I am a little upset with him. He's carving out my book to sneak in tobacco. I spent a lot of effort writing the story."


While stopping the import of contraband is a never-ending job, Wedding said it has been made much easier since the new jail opened in January. He said officials have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of items, largely because visitors never have direct contact with inmates and the flow of visitors through the facility is more tightly regulated.


He said jailers routinely do random cell searches, but admitted that sometimes contraband slips through the cracks of the jail security.


"We have almost 11,000 people coming through these doors each year - you're going to miss a couple things," he said. "But our goal is to not miss anything and to be vigilant. And we have minimized it."


Wedding does not condone the contraband, noting that some inmates have even been charged with crimes for having it. But as he sifted through the pile of handmade weapons and the various techniques for hiding drugs, he admitted he has a certain respect for the creativity involved.


"Oh, certainly," he said. "These are people in here that are creative. And if they would channel that into good things, they could probably be useful members of society. This shows they're not dumb people. They're just poor decision-makers."

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Thanks everybody for the tips, they have been alot of help.

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FYI, lately it has been the Peanut Butter jars....last time it was the shampoo bottles and the soap boxes...


Just because it looks like it is unopened, doesn't mean that it hasn't been cleverly resealed or resown...also, a lot of times if a cell just got hit they will hold stuff in that cell until the owner of the contraband is hit- so don't hesitate to hit a cell just a day or two after hitting it. Open everything that can be opened without destroying/damaging the contents inside...you can be thorough, yet respectful at the same time...remember- it's a prison, not a hotel.


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The most creative hiding spot ive found is an inmate dug a hole around the button to flush the toilet and put his tattooing things in the hole and then filled the hole back up with toothpaste and some kind of hair gell. By just looking at it you could not even tell a difference. Also they will put razor blades in the corner of a cell and cover it with tooth paste. 

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Rated +2 | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

If you look under the water fountain there is about a half inch gap just under the front side of it,where I have found shanks and tattooing material.I have also found newport cigs. under the very bottom step in the day rooms they used toothpaste to stick them to the bottom of the stairs.


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The "secure" lights in the cells are a constant for us.  Recently I found 2 fully hand-made tatoo guns, ink, pens, multiple shanks,  a light transformer that weighed approx. 10 lbs. that was fully disconnected, and some other things that I don't even know what they were.  All from 1 inmate, found in his cell lights.  Needless to say, he had a few more charges added to his endless rap sheet.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Vents, we find that inmates will take string fromtheir clothng and and tie the contraband to one end and the string to the vent grate.  They push the stuff down the vent shaft and fish it out with a paperclip attacked to a pencil or what ever they have to make a hook.  To make the contraband small enough they roll it very tight in paper so that it can fit through the square holes.  I hope this helps!

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a new one i recently discovered is soap. at our jail the bars of soap are not as thick as the irish springs you can buy at the store so the inmates break it up and form it into one big bar of soap. it doesnt take much effort to hide something in the bar before reconstructing it. also one thing that just popped up is the plastic chess peices. an inmate had broken the bottom part of the chess peice off and stuffed the inside with cocaine. then put the bottom back on using a black putty like substance to hold it together. if something looks like its been altered or fixed dont be afraid to see how they modified it before fixing it.


i will continue posting as new things come along.