Smyrna Prison Officials Intercept, Drugs, Cell Phones Before They Reach Inmate

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A suspicious package that included marijuana and cellphones has been seized at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Smyrna, Delaware. The package was mailed utilizing a fictitious vendor name and was shipped from an outside location. The contraband seized included over 7oz. of Marijuana and three cellphones which were packaged in various 4lb. bags of coffee. The total value of the seizure has a prison value estimated to be between $9,000.00 – $12,000.00.


“I would like to commend all the Central Supply Warehouse Staff involved with discovering and assisting in the removal of this contraband from the institution,” said JTVCC Warden Dana Metzger. “If this package were not scrutinized, it would have gone unchecked from the warehouse to the main kitchen, where it would have been intercepted by inmate kitchen workers and distributed throughout the facility.”


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