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Buncombe to get $180,000 body scanner for detention center

Buncombe County commissioners have approved a new body scanner for the detention center. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Buncombe County commissioners have approved a new body scanner for the detention center.

Sheriff Van Duncan said the scanner is needed to screen people coming into custody who might have drugs and other hidden contraband. He said seven people have been taken to the hospital in the past 10 days because they had drugs hidden or swallowed.

The new scanner is much more sophisticated than a standard metal detector.

"It actually identifies mass, so it can show if there's anything that's been ingested, also any other type of contraband -- weapons, hypodermic needles or anything that a person might have in their clothing or in body cavities, as well," Buncombe County Sheriff's Capt. Randy Smart said.

The new scanner will cost just over $180,000 and be paid for through the jail's inmate welfare fund.

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