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Jail scanner finds drugs inside SC inmate on 1st day

October 31, 2021 GMT

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Officials at one South Carolina county jail said their investment in a new full body scanner paid off immediately.

The Aiken County Detention Center installed scanner Oct. 14 and found heroin inside a body cavity of a woman arrested on trespassing and shoplifting charges, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The scanner uses X-rays to review an inmate from head to toe to detect any foreign objects, officials said.

The goal is to stop drugs, weapons and any other contraband from making into the jail. All inmates will be scanned when they are booked in the jail, deputies said.

The scanner cost $177,000 and was bought with money from inmate collect calls, officials said.