LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A long-awaited airport-style body scanner will be installed at Louisville Metro Corrections to cut down on the number of newly-arrested inmates attempting to smuggle drugs within body cavities into the jail.
Mayor Greg Fischer's office approved the taxpayer dollars to pay for it months ago and it was put out for bid and brought into the jail in December, according to jail leaders.
The scanner was actually installed but later removed for space constraints. It will be reinstalled and shown to law enforcement officials and the media within the next few weeks, according to a jail spokesperson.
Officers already pat down inmates during the intake process when they are arrested and have been confident in catching those who try to smuggle. However they brought the body scanner in for insurance to better rid the jail of drugs, Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton said.
Just this week, a police report says Jessica Webster, 29, was being processed when officers asked her if she had any contraband or drugs, which she declined. During a search an officer says she felt an object near Webster's vaginal area. A further strip search revealed Webster had hidden "needles" in her vagina. According to the police report, Webster admitted concealing the paraphernalia because she is a heroin addict. Officers said the needles appeared to be empty, and Webster is facing further charges.