By Charlotte Underwood/Staff Writer
Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley and his search team of 35 officers came to the Whitley County Detention Center on July 4th to conduct a search for illegal contraband and drugs at Whitley County Jailer Ken Mobley’s request, according to a press release from Mobley.
Mobley requested the search after several Whitley County inmates were charged for testing positive for Suboxone, which is a prescription medication.
“I wanted an outside agency to run the show and I wanted my staff to assist and learn from it,” Mobley said, adding that to his knowledge, this is the first time two county jails have worked together to keep illegal drugs and contraband out of their jails. Mobley said he and his staff were really impressed with the Laurel County jail’s search team.
No drugs were found during the search, but tobacco products were found on the State Work Release side of the jail, according to Mobley.
“That problem will be corrected before those inmates will be allowed to go out and work again in the community,” Mobley said. He also felt that Laurel County’s jailer and the search team did an “outstanding job.”
“They were very professional and very good at what they do,” Mobley said, adding that while police agencies work together all the time, this was a first for correction centers in the area and it would not be the last.
“Jailer Mosley should be very proud of his team for an outstanding job. I appreciate his response to my request,” Mobley said, adding that Mosley ran a “very professional jail” and that “we learned a great deal from their presence and I hope they learned something from their experience searching our facility.”
Both the Whitley County Detention Center and the Laurel County Correctional Center will continue to work hard to meet their goal of “keeping the jails drug free.”
“I cannot express how grateful I am of Jailer Mosley’s response to my request. Drugs will not be tolerated in either facility — period. Both agencies will continue to work arm in arm together to ensure the sobriety and safety of our inmates,” Mobley said.