- Associated Press - Sunday, February 21, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials are using new technology and a new strike force in an effort to stop the rapidly increasing number of cellphones smuggled to inmates.

The Department of Corrections reports 7,705 cellphones were seized during 2015 - a seven-fold increase over the 1,070 seized in 2010.

Contraband strike force director Lance Hetmer told The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1Qsp8pR ) that some inmates use the phones to contact crime victims or to orchestrate additional criminal activity.

The agency is also using 7-foot-tall mobile devices called Cellsense towers to can perform a full body scan that Hetmer says can detect a cellphone hidden inside a person.

Hetmer says phones and other contraband are smuggled in by visitors, inmates working outside prison, packages thrown onto prison grounds and even prison staff will bring contraband to inmates.



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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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