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Jail will get $118,000 body scanner

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – La Crosse County will soon have a new tool to help detect dangerous drugs being smuggled into the jail.

All inmates headed to jail will go through a scanning process similar to one you might find at an airport. The machine costs over $118,000. It was originally planned for 2019’s budget, however an incident in October where an inmate nearly died from a fatal overdose prompted a priority shift.

“With all the increased amounts of fentanyl and carfentanil and dangerous drugs as well as the increasing occurrences of drugs being smuggled into the jail, we thought it was important for their safety that we get this sooner rather than later,” newly elected Sheriff Jeff Wolf said.

Sheriff Wolf expects the scanner to arrive in December. Following training, it should be up and running by early 2019.

Sam Shilts

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