A CTF Correctional Officer discovered cell phones and narcotics hidden in the restroom at an off-site clinic.

A CTF Correctional Officer discovered cell phones and narcotics hidden in the restroom at an off-site clinic.

By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility

A sharp-eyed Correctional Officer from Correctional Training Facility discovered contraband cell phones and narcotics hidden in the restroom of a radiology clinic.

Officer Osvaldo Peguero, while transporting an inmate to his radiation appointment in Salinas on Nov. 19, went into the restroom at the clinic and spotted a package wrapped in plastic on the floor near the toilet.

Putting on gloves, the officer inspected the package and found cellular phones.

He conducted a visual inspection of the area and found a second package on the opposite side of the toilet taped to a bolt. The second package also contained cellular phones, two plastic bindles and an unknown tube wrapped in black electric tape.

The officer informed the clinic staff of his findings and they told him they noticed one of the packages a few days earlier and thought it was a deodorizer.

The officer bought the packages back to CTF.

In all, Officer Peguero retrieved four cellular phones, two USB cables, two altered USB cables, one cellular phone charger, one bindle containing .08 grams of suspected heroin, one bindle containing .06 grams of suspected heroin, six bindles of 6.3 grams of heroin, 15 bindles of 13.4 grams of suspected hash, one bindle of 14.2 grams of suspected marijuana and one bindle of 26.6 grams of marijuana.

The contraband was stored as evidence.

Learn more about cell phones and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s efforts to combat the problem, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/10/managed-access-works-to-keep-smuggled-cell-phones-out-of-cdcr-facilities/ (contains video and multiple links to other stories)

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