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Department of Public Safety shows off contraband found at NC prisons

Posted August 10

— From cell phones and chargers, to tobacco and pain relievers, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety confiscates many items from inmates each week.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday night, the department said one inmate on work release in Gaston County tried to smuggle tobacco back into a prison by stuffing it into his knee braces. Prison staff made the inmate remove the braces before going back into prison and found the tobacco.

Harnett Correctional Institution 1

Another inmate in Harnett County was keeping two cell phones, two chargers, crack cocaine and 1,500 postage stamps inside a canteen.

Other times, people will leave items, like tobacco and cell phones, outside of the prison fence, and prison staff will find them.

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