An article on Alernet by veteran prisoner Seth Ferranti explains exactly how one would run a drug dealing operation in prison. He says, “At every single correctional facility in the US, a drug network something like the one I’m about to outline operates and prospers.
Take it from me I was recently released from a federal prison after spending 21 years of my life inside.” He goes on to say that the public may very well hear stories about the ventures that were busted, but that we’re unlikely to hear about the often successful ones. “Illegal drugs are the number one contraband item and commodity in every correctional facility.
In prison, where isolation, boredom and stress are rife, inmates will sell their souls to feed their addictions.” In his post, Ferranti tells the story of how an anonymous man he calls “Divine” operates a successful drug operation from inside a state federal prison.
Prison Drug Rings
When officials are to blame
According to a Washington Times article, there are more than 1,000 drug seizures that happen every year in California prisons. That same article points out that Florida prisons found over 1,100 positives in random inmate drugs tests. While prison officials work to block the inflow of drugs. And they admit there are weak parts in the system that still allow these drugs to come through. But what if these prison officers are part of the problem? What if they’re actually the cause?
Clinton Correctional Facility
Following a three-week manhunt for two escaped prisoners from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, information was revealed about possible drug trafficking and other corruption at this maximum security prison.
The break out triggered an FBI investigation that resulted in prison officials coming forward about heroin use among inmates and how employees were involved in this drug trade. These specific employees are now the focus of a much larger investigation of the facility.
Florida State Prison
Incidents like these are not isolated, unfortunately. Earlier this month, former corrections officer at Florida State Prison Dylan Hillard was charged with felony drug trafficking. Following an undercover operation, it turns out he was selling prescription drugs out of the prison.
Major Charles Gregory Combs would smuggle the drugs into the state prison. And at least 80 people were identified as buying these pills from Hillard. Following this, many employees of the Florida Department of Corrections were suspended. And are currently being investigated to determine extent of involvement.
Addiction is addiction is addiction
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