LAPORTE COUNTY - The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office is implementing a body scanner that was recently put into service in the department's jail division.
Captain Michael Kellems says it went live on November 20th after the installation and training of jail deputies. The SecurPASS scanner cost $199,000 and Kellems says it was quickly put to use and has already been successful.
Less than 48 hours after the unit was made operational, a female inmate being admitted to the jail was found to be concealing six Flexeril pills in her brassiere. On Monday a female inmate that had been brought from the Lake County jail, was found to have hidden tattooing equipment in a body cavity.
Jail tattooing, which is a jail rule violation, is often popular but it is very unsanitary and can lead to infection and sickness.