Supposedly, prisons are some of the most secured facilities in America, but if that were so then why do we hear about the rampant problems of drug abuse in so many prisons?
I have friends and family who have served in law enforcement and they have all reported that our jails and prisons are rife with illegal drugs pornography and other contraband.
A friend who works with prison ministries also told me that illegal drugs are a huge problem in the jails and prisons.
So, how does so much drugs get into secured prisons?
In Texas, officials found nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden in 45 boxes of bananas that had been donated to the prison system by a company in Texas.
(Sun Sentinel) – It’s as if drug dealers borrowed a chapter from the hay day of South Florida’s cocaine cowboys.
But in this case, 540 packages of cocaine — hidden inside a shipment of bananas — ended up at the arm of Texas government that administers the state’s prison system.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says it received two pallets of bananas Friday that were donated by a Freeport, Texas, business because they were already ripe.
However, something about the 45 banana boxes didn’t seem quite right to a couple of sergeants who were going to transport the shipment…
A friend who used to work as a jailer told me that he has found people trying to smuggle drugs into the prison in their clothes in their shoes, in books and even in their various orifices.
Drugs have been found hidden in sports equipment, the linings and every nook and cranny of vehicles and even in tubes of toothpaste.
The ingenuity of drug smugglers seems to be endless.
Until authorities find a way to really secure our prisons and jails, then they will continue to be havens of drug abuse and worse.
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