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Police conduct "shakedown" at Cumberland County Jail
Officers searching for inmate contraband
PORTLAND, Maine —Thursday morning, local and state law enforcement agencies searched the Cumberland County jail for drugs, tobacco, contraband, and other violations as part of a shakedown.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce said county corrections officers, along with Maine State Police, Westbrook and Lisbon police and about half a dozen K-9's searched the jail.
Joyce said keeping drugs out of the jail is a constant struggle, and the unannounced shakedowns are an effective way to keep things out and give officers hands-on training.
Joyce said the search was kept so secret, he only found out it was going to happen the day before.
"This is a great report card for the corrections officers to know that if we don't find anything, then they're doing their job good, if we do find stuff it just shows us we need to work a little harder." Joyce said.
Corrections Officer Donald Mowatt said the periodic shakedowns let the inmates know they are being watched, and it keeps corrections officers up to day on how to look for contraband coming into the jail and how to find it in cells and hidden in clothing.
Mowatt said, "Typically, it's very successful, a lot of times we don't have great finds when we come in and do these things, because they know that these things happen and even when things come in, it tends to not be a great deal."
After about 30 minutes of searching on Thursday, Joyce said they found a couple of lighters.
The search is set to take place throughout the day.
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