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Arlington County, VA-  The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sweep for drugs and contraband in the Arlington County Detention Facility on Wednesday, June 27, using K-9 teams from multiple jurisdictions. The 2-hour search was conducted by 21 K-9 teams who searched 8 Housing Units, the recreation yards, the Program Centers, the Medical Unit, the kitchen and the laundry room.

The K-9 teams that participated in Wednesday’s search included both narcotics dogs, trained to find drugs, and contraband dogs, trained to sniff out other illegal items such as cellphones, which they identify by the smell of the phone battery. “We’re very pleased that no drugs or contraband were found,” said Sheriff Beth Arthur. “I am proud of the staff’s efforts at keeping the facility safe.”

This is the second year that the Sheriff’s Office has conducted a large-scale, top-to-bottom K-9 sweep of the facility with help from local jurisdictions. While random cell searches are a common practice, they are typically confined to the individual housing units.