BRENT, AL (WBRC) - Meth, marijuana, Xanax pills and more than 50 cell phones were found inside two backpacks in Brent near Bibb County Correctional facility.
Police Chief Terry Nichols said the drugs and cell phones were headed inside the prison, but somehow didn’t make it.
“Officers were alerted by a private citizen that this stuff had been found on private property, which was approximately 3/4 of a mile away from the prison,” said Nichols. “What brought the attention to the private citizen, they had a dog that had gotten out of the pin that was close to the area and the dog had become sick.”
Nichols said the dog had ingested some of the narcotics items that were inside of the package and it may have caused the dog’s death.
The chief said this is the fourth instance where this has happened in the past six months.
“We work closely with the prison officials. sometimes they may alert us about a strange vehicle riding near the area and sometimes we may intercept and may be able to make contact with the contraband before it gets in,“ Nichols said. “Sometimes a prison official will make contact with it and then there are times when they get notified several days ahead of time on the possibility of something coming there and alert us what to look for."
The Alabama Department of Corrections in a statement said they are aware of the two back packs found by Brent police, but can't confirm or discount that the items were intended to be smuggled into the Bibb County Correctional Facility.
“The illegal use of contraband cell phones in state prisons presents significant problems ranging from extortion to organizing criminal activity inside and outside correctional institutions. The ADOC is evaluating effective ways to mitigate the introduction of cell phones by developing better intelligence and investigation techniques, enhancing the use of existing technology, and conducting routine unannounced inspections of our facilities. We are also continuing to work with other state corrections directors and the Federal Communications Commission in addressing this national problem.”
Nichols said the value of the items found was nearly $100,00.
"Anytime we can keep a large amount of this stuff especially as much as we got this time out of the prison it’s crucial.”