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A week ago today, the Department of Corrections discovered a hole in their perimeter located just behind the domes at the Mangilao Compound. On Wednesday, several inmates and detainees tested positive for drugs.

It's the last place you'd think there should be a drug problem, but just this week an officer tested positive for drugs. Several other officers' tests came back inconclusive, meaning they'll have to take the test again. And now, detainees themselves are in question. Agency spokesman Jeff Limo said, "Five detainees, their test results came back from their urinalysis testings. Just keep in mind these five detainees are in lieu of the 142 who were tested in the dome area. This is in reference to the hole in the fence that we discovered."

The hole was four-feet wide and discovered right near the domes with fresh tracks coming in and out of the prison. The discovery last week prompted the mass drug screening, as Limo said, "So the director ordered that all three domes get tested. We got the results back that five of them tested positive for drugs."

But are DOC's efforts enough? Limo says it's a daily battle to combat contraband, adding, "We're doing the best. And we're always on top of it. We've never lost interest in not doing so. We've beefed up security as far as the exteriors are concerned. We have officers patrolling the area as well. So we're doing our best and as soon as our case is concluded, we'll know how it's really coming in."

In the past, outsiders have tried throwing contraband over the fence, using straws to smuggle drugs in via the door jams, and even using babies. That's right - one woman was caught putting contraband in her baby's diaper while visiting the prison.

"There's a lot of ways," Limo speculated. "They'll try to make it in. whether they use officers. Whether they use their people, or they'll find a way. That's just a way it works in a prison environment. But again we are doing our best to keep the drugs out of DOC and we'll continue to do that."

And you can never led your guard down - especially after one of their own was caught with contraband in his backpack while reporting for duty and earlier this week, another guard tested positive for drugs. "It's bothersome as an investigator that one of us is involved in this kind of actions. Again, let the criminal procedures take its course," he said.

While a number of investigations are ongoing relative to contraband, the five detainees are slated to meet with the prison's disciplinary board. Depending on the status of their cases, they could face additional sentencing or have their probation revoked.

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