Drugs, tobacco, cellphones confiscated at Ironwood State Prison in major bust

An investigation turned up two backpacks stuffed with 34 flip phones, 24 smart phones, 63.73 grams of marijuana, 1.71 grams of China white/Heroin, 3 pounds of tobacco, 11.72 grams of black tar/heroin, 5.13 grams of Mexican brown/heroin and 23.11 grams of  methamphetamine.

An investigation turned up two backpacks stuffed with 34 flip phones, 24 smart phones, 63.73 grams of marijuana, 1.71 grams of China white/Heroin, 3 pounds of tobacco, 11.72 grams of black tar/heroin, 5.13 grams of Mexican brown/heroin and 23.11 grams of methamphetamine.

Investigation turns up backpacks stuffed with contraband, 2 inmates facing charges

By Lt. Michael Smith, AA/Public Information Officer
Ironwood State Prison

BLYTHE — The Investigative Services Unit (ISU) at Ironwood State Prison closed out an investigation leading to the discovery of a large stash of contraband being smuggled into the institution.

In the early morning hours of March 18, ISU staff located two black backpacks,strategically placed in the desert, adjacent to the west side of the warehouse. Both backpacks contained a large amount of cell phones, chargers and drugs which included marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine as well as three large bags of tobacco.

ISU staff set up constant surveillance on the area until they observed two inmates assigned to the warehouse leave their work locations to retrieve the contraband.

One of the inmates picked up the backpacks and placed them in a dumpster to be transported into the warehouse. The other inmate stood by, near a fork lift, to move the dumpster.

ISU staff quickly identified themselves, surrounded the inmates and took them into custody without incident. Both inmates were re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending administrative and criminal charges.

The estimated total prison value for the contraband is $93,000.

The ISU investigators continue to be proactive in the fight against drugs in the Institution. Their efforts are a testament to the hard work and dedication it takes to successfully intercept narcotics and contraband that may have otherwise been introduced into the facility, according to prison officials.

The primary mission of ISP is to improve public safety through the confinement of minimum- and medium-custody male offenders, while providing them the life improvement skills needed to successfully reintegrate back into society upon parole. ISP was opened Feb. 1, 1994, covers 1,700 acres and houses about 3,000 inmates.

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17 Responses

  1. J.J. Bradley Saturday, March 28, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Thank you for makeing it safer on the line. Great job to everyone involved!

  2. Officer Calvin Williams Friday, March 27, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    Great job, guys! The Green team wins. Way to keep us all inspired.

  3. Ms.B Friday, March 27, 2015 / 6:46 am

    I wish whoever brought in the contraband would get caught. Awesome job guys!

  4. Garvey Thursday, March 26, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Good job new team! Great bust.

  5. julio barron Thursday, March 26, 2015 / 7:04 am

    Great job, guys. If you can get at the source of the contraband, it would make the bust even greater.

  6. HERRERA SALAZAR Wednesday, March 25, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Outstanding job. You make the difference.

  7. reply Wednesday, March 25, 2015 / 7:16 am

    Good job, guys.

  8. Joseph Wednesday, March 25, 2015 / 5:46 am

    I am glad that they busted the inmates, but I want them to bust the individuals who transported the items onto prison grounds for sale and distribution.

  9. FLORES EE Wednesday, March 25, 2015 / 5:43 am

    Good job! They better hope it’s not strike three.

  10. S. Butcher Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    A swing and a home run! Good job.

  11. D.L. Lowry Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Great bust. Keep up the good work. Be safe!

  12. Mary M. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 10:00 am

    You’ve done a great job in keeping ISP safe.

  13. Joy Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Great work! Stay motivated.

  14. Ken Stucki Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Ironwood always had a GREAT ISU team.
    Congrats to you guys!
    — From HDSP.

  15. M. GARCIA Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Way to go, Ironwood!

  16. Anthony Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 7:30 am

    Awesome job, Ironwood.

    • Mari Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 9:22 am

      Great job, guys.

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