Contraband found during jail search

August 20, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Ten inmates were placed in segregation yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center after officials found contraband, including a homemade pipe used to smoke marijuana, a dozen unidentified pills, about 60 cigarettes, and cash, authorities said.

Nine of the inmates were trusties -- those with privileges to perform housekeeping and other chores -- and are housed in the same area of the crowded jail as inmates on work-release, said Warden George Hardinger.

The inmates are to be given administrative hearings today and disciplined, if necessary, Hardinger said. Routinely, violators of the no-contraband policy lose their trusty or work-release status, he said.

The warden said that the coordinator of the work-release programwas conducting a routine inspection yesterday when he found the homemade pipe. An intensive search followed. No weapons were found.

"One [inmate] had items from the commissary in his locker," said Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning, who oversees the county jail. "He was running a store."

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