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Strike force finds cash, drugs, cell phones at OKC halfway house

More than 25 cell phones were also confiscated during the bust. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

An Oklahoma Department of Corrections Task Force uncovered a large amount of contraband at a metro halfway house.

The DOC reports that a total of 30 correctional officers performed a surprise search April 19 of the Carver Transitional Center, 400 S. May Avenue. The center is owned by Corrections Corporation of America. The inmates of the facility are allowed to leave during the day for work and must pass through security on their return.


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DOC Director Joe Allbaugh said the inmates are under the same restrictions as those in prisons across the state.

"It is unacceptable for inmates to walk past a security check point with the volume of contraband items that were found inside the facility." Allbaugh said. "The difference with a contraband issue at a facility like Carver is the inmates are literally walking in the front door with items. At a regular prison facility the inmates are sneaking it in under the radar."

Related:DOC contraband search uncovers over 30 cell phones, drugs

Allbaugh says he expects the full cooperation of CCA as they review their safety protocols.

"This kind of negligence will end immediately," Allbaugh said.

The following items were recovered during the sting:

Electronics

  • 26 cellphones
  • 50 cellphone chargers
  • 1 Garman GPS
  • 1 tablet
  • 15 SIM cards

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

  • 1 bottle of vodka
  • A quarter of a gram of methamphetamine
  • 38.9 grams of marijuana
  • 5 packs of cigarettes
  • 50 hand-rolled cigarettes
  • 3 ounces of loose tobacco
  • 2 syringes


Weapons, Tools and Cash

  • 2 knives
  • 1 screwdriver
  • 1 pair of pliers
  • 1 pair of wire cutters
  • $596 in cash

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