Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Drugs in the MCSD Jail? Again?

Rumor has it that drugs have shown up in the McHenry County Jail again. And it's being kept very quiet.

So quiet, in fact, that patrol wasn't even being informed of a previous day's search in the jail.

How do drugs get into a jail? There are several ways:

A prisoner being booked into the jail might have secreted them in a body cavity.

A Corrections Officer or civilian employee at the jail might bring them in. Horrors!

Big Bird might fly over and drop them.

Or maybe a drone delivery.

Prisoners are supposed to be searched when they are booked into the jail. Are search procedures the same for all prisoners? But if a driver in a wreck, who does not have a driver's license, is booked in, does he get a strip search and a search of body cavities? Probably not.

Or could jailers be taking the drugs in? Let's say a particular jailer happens to be "cozy" with an inmate. Maybe an inmate who had suspected or known drug-related activities on the "outside". Could the jailer bring in drugs and get them into the inmates' areas?

Is there any reason that they is not random drug testing for all MCSD employees, deputies and jailers and civilian employees? Do they collect hair samples from time-to-time? Or just urine specimens? Or not even those?

Why were detectives called recently about drugs in the jail, but no canine units were used? Surely, one or two departments in the County could have had their arms twisted to send an officer with his dog for an interior search of the jail.

This is not the first time that the full staff of corrections officers and deputies has not been notified of drug suspicions in the jail.

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