Cell-phone sniffing dog

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Her name is Razor and she has a nose for Nokias.

At the Broward Correctional Institution, officials introduced a new push Tuesday to keep cell phones and other devices out of Florida's prisons.

Department of Corrections officials said they're counting on Razor the dog to help sniff out contraband cell phones in Florida prisons.

Walter McNeil of the Department of Corrections said that inmates could use cells phones as criminal tools.

The phones are sometimes hidden in toilet paper rolls, hairbrushes and soda cans.

"If you have the ability to have access to a cell phone, you can go into an institution and whatever illegal activity you were outside you can continue that uninterrupted," McNeil said.

Officials say inmates have used cell phones to coordinate escape attempts, harass victims and arrange drug deals in and outside of prison.
Razor, who demonstrated her talents Tuesday, will officially join the corrections department in November.

She'll help enforce a law that went into effect Oct. 1 and makes having a cell phone in prison illegal.

Dog handler Kevin Dean, who is in charge of the dogs, said Razor is specially trained to find the devices.

"She smells a combination of things within the cell phone," he said. "It's a scent signature that has been identified through the network of the dog handlers."

Get caught with a phone, and an inmate faces up to five additional years in prison and a fine of $5,000.

The person who provided the cell phone could also face criminal charges.
"It is the same felony, a third degree felony for the person who introduces ... if we can catch them introducing that contraband into our intuitions then the same third degree felony applies to that per son as well."

In mates are allowed to used phone that are in place by the prison, but those calls are subject to being monitored.

In the past year, officials found approximately 340 cell phones in Florida prisons.