Multiple jurisdictions simultaneously raid three floors in shakedown at Jackson County Jail

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JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — Multiple jurisdictions decided to search the Jackson County jail for contraband early Friday morning.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp said several different law-enforcement agencies including the FBI, Lee’s Summit, Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs and Jackson County sheriffs simultaneously raided three floors of the Jackson County Jail, 13th and Cherry, around 3:45 a.m., looking for contraband such as marijuana, drugs, cell phones or guns.

“We wanted to hit three floors at one time so that word couldn’t get out that we’re in the building, and we were able to maintain the integrity and the security of the building while the deputies and the officers were inside,” Sheriff Sharp said.

10 canine units and more than 60 vehicles from different agencies were on the scene.

Sheriff Sharp said people should expect to see more sweeps of the jail like this one because they want to make the jail safer for the inmates and for the corrections officers.

The FBI has been involved in an investigation on excessive force and Sheriff Sharp said he wanted the FBI involved in the shakedown because he wanted it to be transparent.

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