Campbell County starts strip-search policy at jail to fight drugs

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GILLETTE, Wyoming — The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has implemented a new policy of strip-searching certain inmates to try to keep them from bringing drugs into jail.

The Gillette News-Record reports ( ) that under the new policy, detention officers will strip-search inmates with a history of drug arrests or use.

Sheriff Bill Pownall says officers have caught several people attempting to bring drugs in while the suspects were still in the booking area.

Court records state that several inmates used heroin that had been smuggled into the jail earlier this year.

Eleven people in Campbell County have felony cases against them for bringing controlled substances into the jail. All were arrested in the last year, and seven of those arrests occurred in the past six months.

Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

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