Cellphones smuggled into jails on the rise

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 7:48 am | Updated: 12:53 pm, Mon Feb 17, 2014.

TALLAHASSEE, FL-  Prison officials in Florida and nationwide are fighting a different type of contraband being smuggled to inmates: cellphones. They're being hidden in babies' diapers, Ramen Noodle Soup packages, footballs, soda cans and body cavities.

Two murderers used cellphones to plan their escape from a Florida prison last year where the state confiscated 11 cellphones per day in its prisons. Even infamous murderer Charles Manson, imprisoned in California, has been caught with a cellphone, twice. And two Indiana prisoners were convicted of using cellphones smuggled in by guards to run an operation that distributed methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs.

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