Boyd County Detention Center
Press Release- 1/22/18
Full Facility Search
Catlettsburg- In an effort to restore public confidence and put a stop to unfounded rumors about the Boyd County Detention Center, Jailer Joe Burchett in conjunction with his command staff, the Clark County Detention Center, and the Kentucky Department of Corrections worked to assemble a team of Deputy Jailers and teams from across the state to perform a full facility search. This search was performed on Friday January 19. The reason for such a large scale search was due to rumors of drugs and cell phones being all over the jail.
Due to staffing shortages, it's impossible for us to hit large areas of the facility at one time. By the time we hit one or two cells, inmates in other areas have gotten word and begin hiding or destroying any contraband they may have. This massive search effort with over 60 deputies allowed us to hit entire floors of the building at one time, catching inmates off guard and giving us a better chance at complete contraband removal. In total, 32 cells and 228 inmates were searched over a 6 hour period, plus the jail kitchen and laundry areas.
The good news is that no drugs or cell phones were found during the search. Four drug dogs from 3 different agencies assisted in the search for narcotics. Contraband found consisted mostly of extra items that are permitted in the jail and excess property. Attempts at homemade tattoo equipment and a few lighters were also found.
We would like to thank the Campbell County Detention Center, Clark County Detention Center, Mason County Detention Center, Montgomery County Regional Jail, Scott County Detention Center, Simpson County Detention Center, and the Woodford County Detention Center for sending staff to assist with the search. Drug detection K9 teams were provided by the Boyd County Sheriff's Department, Campbell County Detention Center, and the Flatwoods Police Department.