contraband at Holeman

DOC Press release 

ATMORE, Ala. -  On Thursday, Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) along with local, county and state law enforcement conducted a joint operation at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore that targeted illegal contraband. Officials conducted the day-long operation that began at 4:30 a.m. and ended late Thursday evening.  ADOC Director of Investigations and Intelligence, Arnaldo Mercado said the operation was an overall success.

“At the end of the day, our ADOC team assisted by officers from our partnering law enforcement agencies found and removed considerable quantities of contraband.  We inspected every inch of the facility and left no stone unturned,” Mercado said.  

Officials seized large quantities illegal drugs, weapons, cellphones and various types of electronic devices.  The operation recovered 356 makeshift weapons,  91 grams of meth, 98 grams of marijuana, cocaine, more than 400 assorted pills, and 16 cell phones.   

Corrections Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Charles Daniels, led the operation with assistance from ADOC investigations and intelligence agents, correctional emergency response teams, and correctional K-9 drug units.  Supporting law enforcement included Pardons and Paroles, AEMA, ADOT, Atmore, Bay Minette, Brewton Police Departments, and support from the Baldwin, Butler, Escambia and Monroe County Sheriff’s Departments.               

Thursday’s joint operation was the second conducted by ADOC.  In February, ADOC conducted the department’s first joint operation at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville. Daniels said ADOC will continue to conduct the unannounced joint operations at other major correctional facilities. 

The public should contact the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division at 1-866-293-7799 with information that may lead to the arrest of anyone attempting to introduce illegal contraband into state prisons. The public may also report suspicious activity by going to the ADOC Website at

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