Jail shakedown ends with drug, weapons confiscation

Benna Sayyed

Law enforcement officials confiscated drugs, weapons and electronics during a shakedown Monday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said officials found 15 small bags of methamphetamine and marijuana. Also confiscated were a shank crafted from a wooden handle, razor blades removed from disposable razors, a DVD player, a coffee pot, mp3 players and street clothing.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon, Waller said. He said the investigation is ongoing.

Inmates found with contraband will receive a mandatory 18-month sentence in a state penitentiary, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Although the detention center’s policy prohibiting inmates from wearing non-jail-issue clothing has been in place for years, Waller said the previous administration appears to have been lenient in enforcing this rule.

Detention center interim administrator Tori Sandoval asked the sheriff’s department to assist in reinforcing the policy, Waller said.

County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler said he requested the Curry County Sheriff’s Department conduct a search of inmates’ cells to address concerns about the safety of inmates and corrections officers. Chandler believes a jail search has not taken place in nearly a year and a half.

The search began at 6 a.m. and continued through the day. The Clovis Police Department, the sheriff’s department, the state police, DA office investigators, New Mexico Mounted Patrol and detention center staff assisted in the search.