PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KSFY) - A jail in western South Dakota has some new equipment to control the introduction, movement and possession of contraband.
According to the Pennington County Sheriff's Office in Rapid City, admitted inmates will first go through a body scanner. It will also be used for random searches or suspected problems.
“We know that there are individuals out there with warrants that are being used as mules to bring drugs into the jail," Chief Deputy Brian Mueller said in a press release Tuesday. "Our message to the public is that we now have right tool in place to prevent those items from coming into our secure facility."
The Sheriff's Office said it also scanned current inmates over the weekend and found several items, including a large quantity of meth.
Part of the scanner was paid for through a partnership with the state of South Dakota.