Deuel Vocational Institution contraband find worth $131,000

Cell phones, charger cables and drugs were found by Correctional Officer Russ Vian.

Cell phones, charger cables and drugs were found by Correctional Officer Russ Vian.

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution

A sharp-eyed correctional officer found a large package of contraband on the outskirts of Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI).

At about 8 a.m. on April 13, Correctional Officer Russ Vian found a duffel bag near a pond on prison property.

Items discovered inside the duffel bag:

• 5,833.92 grams of tobacco
• 24 phones including two iPhone 6
• 27 phone chargers
• 3 Rocket Fish devices
• 3 HDMI cords
• 14 packs of cigars
• 15 bindles of marijuana totaling 677.8 grams
• 1 bindle of heroin totaling 6.2 grams
• 17 bindles of methamphetamine totaling 829.1 grams

The estimated prison value of the contraband is $131,000.

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8 Responses

  1. C. Davis Thursday, May 25, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Good job. Show them youngsters how it’s done

  2. J. Leonard, Retired Sunday, May 29, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Great job, Officer Vian! There are going to be a lot of unhappy inmates. Too bad for them.

  3. D. Atnip Saturday, May 28, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Officer R. Vian, I’m very proud of the outstanding job that you did!

  4. R. GUFFEE Wednesday, May 25, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Great work to all those involved, especially Officer Vian.

  5. Deborah Johnson Wednesday, May 25, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Great job Warden Price and team.

    • D. Matthews Thursday, May 26, 2016 / 6:55 am

      Great job Officer Vian and team.

  6. Joy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Good work Officer Vian. Thank you for looking out for the safety and security of your institution.

  7. D. Wary Wednesday, May 25, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Some day I hope to discover a large drop like that. It would give me a great deal of pride to break up a crime ring that is involved with the delivery of drugs and communication devices to inmates. To identify and apprehend the suppliers at the same time would be even more satisfying. Good job Russ!

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