ATMORE, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Corrections has conducted another large-scale, early morning operation at one of its prisons to find and seize illegal contraband.
Before the sun rose Wednesday, more than law 300 law enforcement officers from city, county, and state agencies moved into position at William C. Holman Prison in Atmore for a 4:30 a.m. raid that inmates didn’t see coming.
Holman Prison is a maximum security facility located near the southwest Alabama city of Atmore. It has a prison population of 870 and is the state’s primary facility for housing death row inmates and the only facility that carries out executions.
“The ADOC is conducting these large scale joint operations in a move to eradicate contraband, identify deficiencies, and to take all necessary steps to reverse the trend of increased violence caused by illegal activity inside our prisons,” said ADOC Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Charles Daniels. “We are going to do whatever is necessary to eliminate the contraband problem while sending a message to those who are responsible. Such criminal activity will not be tolerated and anyone who is caught bringing illegal items into our prisons will be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Those involved in the operation included ADOC investigations and intelligence agents, correctional emergency response teams, and correctional K-9 drug units. Participating agencies included resources from Pardons and Paroles, AEMA, ADOT, Atmore, Bay Minette, Brewton Police Departments, and support from the Baldwin, Butler, Escambia and Monroe County Sheriff’s Departments.
ADOC said the operation is a daylong search and provided a photo of multiple makeshift knives in a bucket it says have been seized so far.
This isn’t the first raid the ADOC has conducted in recent months and won’t be the last.
In February, ADOC conducted a similar joint operation at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville which resulted in the seizure of more than 160 makeshift weapons, 48 cell phones, 110 grams of marijuana, and 276 grams of the synthetic drug, flakka.
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Daniels said ADOC will continue to conduct the unannounced joint operations at other major correctional facilities in the future.
“We are committing all internal and external resources to address the contraband problem inside our prisons to ensure we provide the highest degree of safety and protection for our correctional staff and those who are in our custody," said Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn. "We owe them nothing less.”
The public should contact the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division at 1-866-293-7799 with information that may lead to the arrest of anyone attempting to introduce illegal contraband into state prisons. The public may also report suspicious activity by going to the ADOC Website at http://www.doc.alabama.gov/investigationrequest.