Hundreds of weapons, drugs found in Holman Prison raid

This is the second surprise operation at an Alabama prison in recent months

Hundreds of weapons, drugs found in Holman Prison raid
Some 300 law enforcement officials enter Holman Prison to conduct a surprise contraband operation. (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

ATMORE, AL (WSFA) - We’re getting a better idea of how much contraband was seized when 300 law enforcement officers conducted a surprise operation at Holman Prison in Atmore Thursday.

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, the day-long search started at 4:30 a.m. and lasted into the evening.

Law enforcement officers conducted a raid to search for contraband at Holman Prison in Atmore on April 18, 2019.
Law enforcement officers conducted a raid to search for contraband at Holman Prison in Atmore on April 18, 2019. (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

When authorities were done with the search, they’d recovered “considerable quantities of contraband,” according to ADOC Director of Investigations and Intelligence, Arnaldo Mercado, who called it “an overall success.”

ADOC says it seized large quantities illegal drugs, weapons, cellphones and various types of electronic devices. There were 356 makeshift weapons, 91 grams of meth, 98 grams of marijuana, cocaine, more than 400 assorted pills, and 16 cell phones.

Some of the contraband seized in a raid at Holman Prison in Atmore includes phones, drugs, and homemade weapons.
Some of the contraband seized in a raid at Holman Prison in Atmore includes phones, drugs, and homemade weapons. (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

"We inspected every inch of the facility and left no stone unturned,” Mercado said.

(Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Corrections Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Charles Daniels, led the operation with assistance from ADOC investigations and intelligence agents, correctional emergency response teams, and correctional K-9 drug units. Supporting law enforcement included Pardons and Paroles, AEMA, ADOT, Atmore, Bay Minette, Brewton Police Departments, and support from the Baldwin, Butler, Escambia and Monroe County Sheriff’s Departments.

Officers with the Alabama Department of Corrections and supporting law enforcement agencies search for contraband inside a dorm at Holman Prison.
Officers with the Alabama Department of Corrections and supporting law enforcement agencies search for contraband inside a dorm at Holman Prison. (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

This isn’t the first raid the ADOC has conducted in recent months and won’t be the last.

ADOC Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Charles Daniels, briefs law enforcement officers before a joint operation conducted at the St. Clair Correctional Facility on Feb. 28.
ADOC Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Charles Daniels, briefs law enforcement officers before a joint operation conducted at the St. Clair Correctional Facility on Feb. 28. (Source: Alabama Dept. of Corrections)

In February, ADOC conducted a similar joint operation at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville which resulted in the seizure of more than 160 makeshift weapons, 48 cell phones, 110 grams of marijuana, and 276 grams of the synthetic drug, flakka.

The public should contact the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division at 1-866-293-7799 with information that may lead to the arrest of anyone attempting to introduce illegal contraband into state prisons. The public may also report suspicious activity by going to the ADOC Website at http://www.doc.alabama.gov/investigationrequest.

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