Homemade weapons, narcotics and electronic devices confiscated during shakedown of Jackson County Jail

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sheriff deputies and police confiscated homemade weapons, narcotics and electronic devices Friday during a shakedown of the Jackson County Jail.

Drugs, including marijuana, cellphones and weapons all can pose a danger to a safe environment within the jail.

That's why tactical teams and canine units spent the early morning hours searching three floors of the downtown detention center.

Their goal is to make the jail safer for both the inmates and corrections officers who work there.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp says evidence seized Friday may result in criminal charges.

"Jackson County is stepping up and going in the right direction in regards to corrections facilities and corrections officers pay," Sharp said. "This is just one thing that I want the corrections officers in Jackson County to know: We want to make that a safe environment for them to work in so they don’t fear coming to work. We also want to make it a safe environment for the inmates also so that they can housed in a facility where they are not in fear of danger or injury to themselves."

Inmate complaints of physical abuse resulted in a federal investigation of the jail, and reforms are underway to increase staffing and boost pay and training for corrections officers working inside. This is another step in making sure the facility measures up to standards taxpayers expect.

About 60 officers, including police from Kansas City, Lee's Summit and Independence, were involved in the search. The sheriff says FBI agents were present to monitor the interactions between inmates and law enforcement officers.

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