The smuggling & concealment of phones are reaching epidemic proportions in prisons
As we've reported the numerous ways on how prison inmates are able to smuggle cell phones into the tough confines of prison walls, this growing problem of trying to combat these illegal activities are proving to be taxing to law enforcement officials. Although some inmates are carrying out long sentences, getting caught smuggling or concealing a cell phone does little in their attempts of keeping connected. Mobile phones are being used by criminals in their prison cells to carry out business such as drug trafficking, gang related meetings, and even for malicious extortion. Getting them brought into a prison is just the beginning as these criminals find ways of concealing them. Law enforcement officials have seen many ingenious ways on how these offenders manage to stow away these devices from their view – such as hiding them in their mattresses, secret compartment inside of a brush, inside the soles of their sneakers, and even unimaginable places within the human body. Even after performing full body searches, some times it just isn't enough in sniffing out all the contraband hidden away. Aside from bringing aboard trained dogs that can sniff out the distinct smell of cell phones, there are also high-tech methods in place such as a body-scanning chair that can penetrate and pinpoint phones concealed inside body cavities. Another problem that can be found is that there are some prison guards that are employed by criminals in smuggling cell phones – which again is another problem facing this growing epidemic.