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Greene Co. jail to use scanner to battle drug smuggling 

Published: Sunday, June 04, 2017 @ 8:21 PM

On Wednesday, the Greene County Jail became the first in the Miami Valley to acquire a body scanner, which will be used to detect drugs and contraband that incoming inmates might have hidden in bodily crevices.

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The scanner can spot anything from small baggies to needles. It is non-invasive; it scans for hidden objects and does not show body parts, according to Maj. Kirk Keller of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Keller runs the county jail, and says that he has been asking for a scanner for the past two to three years in order to combat the local drug epidemic.

“Within the last two to three years I was seeing an increase in the contraband, especially drugs that were being brought into our facility,” Keller said. “I’d say [now] we’re seeing overdoses every week and probably multiples every month, where three to five years ago, that was not the case. It used to be rare to have an overdose in the jail.”

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