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Department investigation leads to K-2 contraband discovery at Clarinda Correctional Facility

This news story was published on April 29, 2021.
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Clarinda Correctional Facility, state of Iowa photo

CLARINDA – Through a large-scale investigation and search of the Clarinda Correctional Facility, prison officials and employees have uncovered a significant amount of evidence and material laced with the dangerous synthetic drug known at K-2 or synthetic marijuana that has come through the U.S. mail system. This is part of a national trend that jails and prisons have been battling across the country.

Prison officials have been aware of the rising rates of contraband introduction through the inmate mail system over the past year, and have been actively planning and implementing steps to adapt and reduce the increasing rates of drug-related overdoses inside the prisons. For example, the department has recently modified its policy surrounding sending a publication to an inmate after a book was discovered to have been contaminated with synthetic drugs that was sent through a book retailer.

Last week, security, treatment and medical staff at the Clarinda Correctional Facility began noticing a sudden increase in the number of inmates experiencing symptoms consistent with those that have consumed a narcotic. The prison began placing those with observable symptoms on a restricted status for medical observation and investigation.

Prison leadership requested resources for a large-scale search of the prison in reaction to their observations. Earlier this week, investigators, security staff and K-9 officers from six Iowa prisons and Central Office coordinated a prison-wide investigation and search for illegal narcotics and narcotic-laced materials. At this time, approximately 60 inmates have been found to be involved in consumption, possession or the introduction of K-2, which is a major disciplinary infraction in addition to being a major health concern for inmates and staff due to the effects the drug can have on those that consume it.

Once evidence has been processed, investigators will turn over all evidence they collected to law enforcement for further investigation and prosecution of those connected to the introduction of these illegal substances both inside and outside the prison.

The department is making efforts to adjust the mail system for inmates that will allow for those incarcerated to still receive mail, but in a safe and secure fashion.

The incident remains under investigation.

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5 Responses to Department investigation leads to K-2 contraband discovery at Clarinda Correctional Facility

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 30, 2021 at 1:36 am

    if they ate locked up, let them have it. maybe a bunch of OD’s and save txpayers some money

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 30, 2021 at 8:16 am

      OD on pot?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 30, 2021 at 11:38 am

        They are talking about a synthetic form, which is usually stronger. That being said, a French long term study that those whom(who?) want to legalize WON’T quote (they will always go with the American one that was done in a month BY a stoner)says there are lots of things that cannabis causes.

        For instance increased appetite, food consumption, dry mouth, in-creased blood pressure and tachycardia, and acute bronchodilator effects have been reported. Heart rate increases by 20-50% within a few minutes to a quarter of an hour have also been reported; this effect lasts up to 3 hours.

        Heart attacks

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          May 1, 2021 at 12:28 pm

          I beg to differ with you on a few points. First, the health issues you describe truly ARE symptoms from synthetics- I agree. They AREN’T typical of most personal use of the true green stuff unless one is a hard-core stoner who smokes to get stupid stoned.

          I’m all for legalizing pot up to a point- there does need to be limit. I used to be a pot smoker and know I would benefit physically and mentally from a small amount but won’t until it’s legalized. Light usage definitely has it’s benefits for people with chronic pain and it’s beneficial for people with PTSD symptoms including insomnia.

          • Anonymous

            May 1, 2021 at 2:15 pm

            Beg to differ all you like, the French study wasn’t done by a “stoner” like the American study that all the “legalizers” quote. The French study is also a longer term study. Some of their findings are eye opening, if people actually approach the subject was an open mind.

            Cannabis use, particularly among adolescents, is recognized as a significant public health problem, with evidence indicating that its use produces significant neurobiological, psycho-social, and health consequenc

            Here is an article for you:


            and the bigger one that has the most information: