Valley Prison Deals With Contraband Thrown Over Fences

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- You could be searched and watched, and guarded by a fence. Yet, all these warning signs didn't stop what investigators call a "continuing criminal enterprise."

Special agents have been trying to crack down on people who are smuggling banned items into the Augusta Correctional Center near Craigsville.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, the people involved were able to get cell phones, tobacco, even alcohol and drugs--heroin--into the center by throwing packages over the fence.

Yet, twice in the short time WHSV was there, the crew was confronted by guards asking what they were doing.

The affidavit states all this has been going on since October 2013. According to the affidavit, the Department of Corrections officers at the prison have confiscated much of the contraband.

The warrant shows investigators searched the home of a Rockingham County man they believe to be the "conduit of communication" between his co-conspirators and the prisoners inside.

No charges have been filed yet, but according to Virginia code, delivering - or attempting to deliver - drugs to a prisoner is a Class 5 felony.

WHSV also reached out to the Virginia Department of Corrections. A spokesperson tells us they won't discuss any ongoing investigation or pending legal action and charges. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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