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Watch at 11 p.m.: Big Business Behind Bars

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JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) -

Some of the contraband that the Ridgeland correctional facility has collected since January includes cell phones, chargers, marijuana, tobacco and shanks. 

"It's one of our - if not the most - critical problem in our agency right now," said Robert Ward, deputy director for operations of the South Carolina Dept. of Corrections.   

It's all done using cell phones and creative thinking. 

But the SC Dept. of Corrections is taking some big steps to cut down the growing contraband issue in all of their 25 prisons. 

"We come in unannounced to search the inmates for contraband and any other areas," said Maj. Gregory Wells, of the Division Security for SC DOC's Search Team. "We will scan their mattress with new equipment that we just received." 

Watch Jonathan Burton's special report "Big Business Behind Bars" at 11 p.m. on WTOC-TV. 

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