LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas maximum security prisoner says inmates get K2 from high-ranking Correction Officers.
"It's the drug of choice right now," says the prisoner.
The inmate did not want to be identified in fear of retaliation. He says synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2, is taking over Arkansas prisons.
"They do it because you aren't going to be caught up on no drug bust," says the prisoner.
The inmate says prisoners smoke K2 because it's easy to pass the state's drug test.
The big question, how is it being smuggled in?
"They're getting it in through the officers. They're getting it through the higher ranking officers.. the Lieutenant, people at a higher ranking," says the Cummins prisoner.
Arkansas Department of Correction Spokesperson Solomon Graves released the following statement:
"Allegations that "high-ranking" correctional officers are smuggling K2 into facilities are not supported by any facts available to ADC Management. Our uniformed personnel are dedicated professionals who strive to serve the Department and State of Arkansas with honor and integrity.
The Department announced on October 10th, that it is upgrading the security equipment in its entrance buildings. These upgrades will greatly enhance current efforts to detect and deter the introduction, manufacture, possession, or conveyance of contraband. To reiterate yesterday's statement to KARK, the Department continuously takes steps to reduce the presence of contraband, to include drugs, in its facilities. These efforts have been, and will continue to be, multifaceted."
"These unqualified officers, they don't care," says the inmate.
The Arkansas Times reports more than 700 K2 incidents inside ADC through July of this year, which is up from the 46 in 2014.
So how much does it cost?
The prisoner says the inmates are being charged up to $100 for a bag of K2.
"It depend on what you're trying to get. You know what I'm saying? Different prices... $50-$100. It just depends on what you want," says the prisoner.
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