About 700 Weapons And Phones, Drugs Recovered In 300 Officer Raid On Fountain Prison

September 10, 2019

More than 300 officials from local, county and state law enforcement agencies conducted a predawn operation to remove illegal contraband from the Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore on Monday.

The operation recovered 621 makeshift weapons, 51 contraband cell phones, 240 grams of synthetic drugs, and seven gallons of an alcoholic beverage that inmate’s refer to as julep or pruno.

The Atmore, Bay Minette, and Brewton police departments, along with the Escambia, Baldwin and county sherriff’s offices, took part in the operation. Supporting state agencies included the Alabama Pardons and Paroles, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s K-9 unit, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The agencies conducted a complete sweep of the prison including dorms that house more than 1,230 inmates. Monday’s 10-hour operation was the sixth led by the Alabama Department of Corrections’ Operations and Investigations and Intelligence Divisions.

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8 Responses to “About 700 Weapons And Phones, Drugs Recovered In 300 Officer Raid On Fountain Prison”

  1. James on September 11th, 2019 12:41 pm

    That seems like an awful lot of weapons and contraband since the previous raid a short time ago. This screams of dirty staff. Time to review management and staff, clear the lot, and get new oversight into this place.

  2. SMH on September 11th, 2019 8:21 am

    Ban all weapons in prison…. wait…. It’s prison!!!!

  3. Oversight on September 11th, 2019 6:44 am

    Unfortunately, contraband doesn’t miraculously fall out of the sky and into the hands of inmates, although some has been reportedly tossed over the fence. By and large, it comes in from corrupt staff, which is not all, but one or two. And that’s all it takes.

  4. John on September 10th, 2019 9:07 pm

    End visitations for one year, then if they riot, go in full auto….make a real mess of the place, then the one’s that are left will obey!

  5. Preston Hardy on September 10th, 2019 7:20 pm

    In 1975, the president of the National Institute for Prison Reform identified Atmore as a facility where “the inmates could take over the facility by force at any time they wanted.”

    After 44 years, that is still true.

  6. paul on September 10th, 2019 6:21 pm

    Other than the toilet wine, the contraband is directly attributed to it being smuggled in by visitors or even corrupt prison personnel. It doesn’t just appear out of thin air. If visitations turn up contraband those visitors should be prosecuted and ALL visitations should be terminated for that prisoner. If you are not going to make the penalties severe contraband introduction will continue…as far as the makeshift weapons? they are criminals continuing criminal activity

  7. Sedition on September 10th, 2019 5:42 pm

    HAHA!!! Even in prison, where weapons are illegal, they find almost 700 weapons.
    Please, tell me again how “assault rifle” confiscation is going to work out when that comes up for a “vote”.

    I’ll wait…

  8. tg on September 10th, 2019 3:57 pm

    If you are thinking about comitting a crime you can go here to die.

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