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Regional jails using body scanners to detect drugs entering facilities
By wvmetronews.com
Published: 03/18/2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nine of West Virginia’s regional jails have body scanners, allowing staff to detect hidden objects including drugs as inmates enter the facility.

The full-body Soter RS Body Scanners are able to detect objects inmates are attempting to bring into facilities, including drugs and syringes.

Marvin Plumley, the assistant commissioner of the state Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said on MetroNews “Talkline” last week officials mostly see inmates sneaking in drugs, adding people can be creative in their methods but have not had success bypassing the scanners.

“We deal with things that you normally would not consider as being a way to introduce contraband,” he said. “You would not normally think that that’s how someone would introduce something, but they have found pretty creative ways that just with a pat search or things of that nature that we would not be able to detect substances.”

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