Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody joins a slew of red state prosecutors in asking Congress to squelch outlaws from having outlaw cellphones while behind bars.
As reported by Florida Daily on Monday, the Sunshine State’s Republican AG advocates that Congress allow states the authority to use phone-jamming equipment around prisons to thwart criminal activity that continues even though the defendants are already confined.
As one example of why this is needed, Moody noted that statewide prosecutors busted a fentanyl trafficking operation and seized more than 50 pounds of fentanyl, enough to kill roughly half of Florida’s 22 million residents.
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Drug lords “used contraband cellphones to lead a massive fentanyl trafficking ring from behind bars,” Moody said in a statement.
“Now, we need Congress to take swift action to keep inmates from orchestrating further criminal activity through the use of contraband cellphones.”
That’s not all.
According to the outlet, other GOP AGs who signed the letter pointed out a few examples of criminal activity being directed from prisons with contraband cell phones.
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In Oklahoma, a white supremacist prison gang orchestrated drug deals using FedEx. In Georgia, inmates used contraband cellphones to text photos of bloodied inmates to relatives demanding cash.
In addition to Moody, the attorneys general of the following states signed the letter: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
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