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K-9 units sweep for drugs at Cumberland County Jail

PORTLAND (WGME) -- K-9 units from southern Maine make an all-out drug sweep at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

It happened Friday morning as part of an on-going fight to keep drugs and weapons out of the hands of inmates.

The team of K-9's launched a mission to seek out drugs at the jail. It was an early morning surprise visit for inmate after inmate.

One by one, inmates are taken out of their jail cells as the dogs begin their hunt for various drugs, possibly on the inmates themselves or in their cells.

Officers say they've seen it all, creative and desperate ways to hide both weapons and drugs.

In one jail cell, K-9's find a plastic bag in the trash hiding what's believed to be home brewed alcohol.

Fridays sweep is one of many random ones that take place throughout the year here at the Cumberland County Jail.

Cumberland county's sheriff says its all part of an ongoing message to inmates that drugs will not be tolerated here at the jail.

The search is a great training opportunity for the dogs and their handlers.