More people caught attempting to smuggle drugs in Judicial Center

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Sheriff's deputies say more and more people are trying to smuggle drugs or weapons into the Laurel County Judicial Center. One man even tried to bring in urine for a drug test!

All are caught at the security checkpoint at the front entrance.

No one goes into the Laurel County Judicial Center without going through the full security checkpoint, and deputies are finding all kinds of illegal items.

"Almost on a weekly basis we're confiscating marijuana. We're confiscating pills. We're confiscating pills not in the proper container. Even had an occasion where a man tried to sneak in some urine in because he said he might have to take a drug screening test inside," said Gilbert Acciardo, Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy.

In the past two weeks, security officers say they found nearly a dozen people with drugs or weapons.

"We don't want that person in the courtroom. That's a volatile situation, a man under the influence or has a weapon," said Acciardo.

Each person caught ends up in more trouble. All are charged and taken to jail.

Meanwhile investigators do not have a real reason as to why more people are showing up to court with drugs.

"They're just not thinking. They can't be or why would they do it?" said Acciardo.

People we talked to do not mind the extra security checks in light of this.

"I'm tickled with it. Safety for us, safety for them, peace of mind, yes, I'm really happy with it," said Kim Baker.

Deputies say nothing gets in the Judicial Center that does not belong there.

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