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Cell phone smuggler wanted; no action taken against officers involved

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The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of smuggling his cell phone into jail The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of smuggling his cell phone into jail

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of smuggling his cell phone into jail. However, there will be no punishment for the officers on duty when the phone was smuggled in.

We first reported this story when an inmate at the Brunswick County Jail showed us the pictures he took inside the jail.

According to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, the internal investigation has now been handed over to the jail administrator, who plans to use this as a teaching tool.

After reviewing surveillance video, authorities were able to determine the man passed his phone to another inmate while the intake officer wasn't looking, which is a security breach.

WECT.com asked for a copy of that video, but authorities denied our request.

Officials say the officers in charge were overwhelmed with seven weekend inmates who all came in at the same time, causing them to miss seeing the phone being smuggled.

We wanted to know what the sheriff's office is doing to make sure this doesn't happen again.

We set up an interview at the sheriff's office on Tuesday, but when we arrived, Deputy Chief Charlie Miller refused to go on camera and would not answer our questions.

The only thing Miller did say was he feels very confident with the current policies and procedures that are in place for checking inmates. There are no plans to make any changes to their policy at this time.

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