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Makeshift weapons found, block flooded in Morgan County Jail 'shakedown'

Jimmy Mansell (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office) Jimmy Mansell (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office)
A sharp weapon was found at the Morgan County Jail. (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office) A sharp weapon was found at the Morgan County Jail. (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office)
A Morgan County inmate sharpened a bone into a weapon (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office) A Morgan County inmate sharpened a bone into a weapon (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office)
A drink called "jail julip" was found during a shakedown at the Morgan County Jail. (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office) A drink called "jail julip" was found during a shakedown at the Morgan County Jail. (Source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office)
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin reports that deputies conducted a “shakedown” of the entire Morgan County Detention Facility.

Franklin described a shakedown as a detailed search of all living areas. She said this is done routinely in an attempt to rid the facility of dangerous and/or illegal contraband. Detention deputies seized illegal contraband items and also prohibited items not usually found in daily search.

Deputies say they found a metal object fashioned into a sharp weapon. There is now a felony investigation into it with charges likely to come.

They also report finding a weapon fashioned from a chicken bone kept from a jail dinner. They aid the bone was sharpened to a point and posed a threat to the safety of the facility. There is an ongoing Investigation into the bone weapon.

Franklin said that during the shakedown, inmate Jimmy Mansell became unruly and damaged two sprinkler heads, causing the cell block to flood. Mansell will be charged with two felonies for damaging jail property. He is currently in the Morgan County Jail awaiting trial on felony drug-related charges.

They also found a quantity of fermenting juice that was intended to be drankfor its intoxicating aspects. The juice, called “jail julip” is made from food products kept from meals served in the facility.

Franklin said the following in a press release:

The jail wide operation was conducted in an effort to ensure the safety of the inmates and Detention Deputies. The Detention Deputies, at the Morgan County Jail, strive to ensure that safety and order is obtained daily. On a daily basis, Detention Deputies put their lives on the line to fulfill the constitutional obligation of the Sheriff. The jail wide operation could not have been successful without the dedication of the Detention Deputies. No inmates or Detention Deputies were harmed during the operation and no further incident occurred. As a result of this operation and ongoing investigation, further charges and administrative disciplinary actions will be taken.

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