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Louisville jail leadership cracking down on drug smugglers

In April, Louisville Metro Corrections caught 29 different inmates attempting to bring in some type of illegal drug. That number, according to Metro Corrections Maj. Darrell Goodlett, is notably higher than what they’ve seen in a long time. It should be noted, that number only reflects what was caught during the initial screenings, Goodlett said the actual number is much higher. However, jail director Jerry Collins believes high numbers aren’t a bad thing, in fact, he encourages them, because finding drugs before they’re inside is something he said he’s placing an emphasis on.”Anybody that’s thinking about bringing drugs in,” Collins said. “We are watching, and we will find you.” Making progress: New Metro Corrections director gives first jail update to Louisville Metro Council That warning was on full display last Friday when corrections officers arrested Marissa Brown (aka Carlotta Phillips). She was one of their de ella own contracted employees who’d been working in food service for a little over a month.”They were able to intercept her when she came into the security area,” Collins said. “They recovered over 60 pills.” Collins said they have reason to believe she was going to distribute them in the jail. Immediately after, they searched the food service area (Brown’s workspace) and found 14-bundles of what they believe is fentanyl. “We don’t know if that’s related to her,” Collins said. “That matter is an ongoing investigation, but we charged her that day for the pills.” Brown is being charged with possession of a controlled substance, promoting contraband and not having a prescription in a proper container. Background: Employee arrested on drug charges in connection with distribution to jail inmates”It’s about safety and efficiency,” said Tracy Dotson, spokesman for Louisville FOP Lodge 77. “We have been asking for that, we have been begging for that for our staff for years, and it looks like with current leadership it’s finally being heard.”Collins took over as jail director in April, after former director Dwayne Clark resigned in the wake of multiple inmate deaths at the jail.Dotson said the new leadership’s tactics of intensely screening inmates’ mail, books and magazines , as well as the newly upgraded body scanners, are leading to a no-nonsense policy.”When you have an incident such as that,” said Dotson. “Not only do you stop that particular incident, but it also has a rainwater effect where anyone else bringing things in is like ‘Woah, maybe I won’t bring something in with these increased security measures.'” They are security measures that, according to Collins, they have only just begun.”We have K-9’s coming in,” Collins said. “We will also have two additional intelligence officers investigating these incidents, and we will be very aggressive in doing it.” Carlos Spain is also being charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and tampering with evidence in relation to the suspected bundles of fentanyl.

In April, Louisville Metro Corrections caught 29 different inmates attempting to bring in some type of illegal drug. That number, according to Metro Corrections Maj. Darrell Goodlett, is notably higher than what they’ve seen in a long time.

It should be noted, that number only reflects what was caught during the initial screenings, Goodlett said the actual number is much higher.

However, jail director Jerry Collins believes high numbers aren’t a bad thing, in fact, he encourages them, because finding drugs before they’re inside is something he said he’s placing an emphasis on.

“Anybody that’s thinking about bringing drugs in,” Collins said. “We are watching, and we will find you.”

Makingprogress: New Metro Corrections director gives first jail update to Louisville Metro Council

That warning was on full display last Friday when corrections officers arrested Marissa Brown (aka Carlotta Phillips). She was one of their own contracted employees who’d been working in food service for a little over a month.

“They were able to intercept her when she came into the security area,” Collins said. “They recovered over 60 [prescription] pills.”

Collins said they have reason to believe she was going to distribute them in the jail.

Immediately after, they searched the food service area (Brown’s workspace) and found 14-bundles of what they believe is fentanyl.

“We don’t know if that’s related to her,” Collins said. “That matter is an ongoing investigation, but we charged her that day for the pills.”

Brown is being charged with possession of a controlled substance, promoting contraband and not having a prescription in a proper container.

Background: Employee arrested on drug charges in connection with distribution to jail inmates

“It’s about safety and efficiency,” said Tracy Dotson, spokesman for Louisville FOP Lodge 77. “We have been asking for that, we have been begging for that for our staff for years, and it looks like with current leadership it’s finally being heard .”

Collins took over as jail director in April, after former director Dwayne Clark resigned in the wake of multiple inmate deaths at the jail.

Dotson said the new leadership’s tactics of intensely screening inmates’ mail, books and magazines, as well as the newly upgraded body scanners, are leading to a no-nonsense policy.

“When you have an incident such as that [Brown’s arrest],” said Dotson. “Not only do you stop that particular incident, but it also has a rainwater effect where anyone else bringing things in is like ‘Woah, maybe I won’t bring something in with these increased security measures.'”

They are security measures that, according to Collins, have only just begun.

“We have K-9’s coming in,” Collins said. “We will also have two additional intelligence officers investigating these incidents, and we will be very aggressive in doing it.”

Carlos Spain is also being charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and tampering with evidence in relation to the suspected bundles of fentanyl.

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