COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - On Monday, WIS was the only media outlet in the state embedded with a South Carolina Department of Corrections tactical unit, as they conducted an early morning raid for contraband at Broad River Correctional Institution.
Contraband remains a pressing and dangerous issue within South Carolina prisons, and prisons around the country.
The raid was an operation so secret that officials say even the warden at Broad River was kept unaware until the search teams arrived this morning.
Once inside the maximum security facility, 129 tactical officers and 2 K9’s went cell to cell, confiscating banned items from the cells of some of the state's most violent criminals.
The tactical unit focused on the Wateree building Monday, which houses about 250 inmates. The team will search the prison’s other buildings over the next few days, but officials say the raid is already producing results.
In an interview with WIS, the state’s Director of Corrections, Bryan Stirling says contraband threatens the security of inmates, corrections officers, and the public, but say raids like this along with other measures are helping to stop the flow of banned items into the state’s prisons.
Tune into WIS News 10 on Tuesday evening- for an exclusive look at what was discovered during the raid, and the ongoing fight against contraband in South Carolina prisons.