News Story


Body Scanner Prevents Narcotics From Being Smuggled Into Jail
9/19/2016 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Body Scanner Prevents Narcotics From Being Smuggled Into Jail  

Report Number:



Pre-Trial Detention Facility

Date & Time:

9/15/16 @ 7:45 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Detention Services

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Castillo, Mario

Oak View



On September 15, 2016, Ventura County Sheriff's deputies were completing body scans of recently booked inmates at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  After the body scans were completed, Inmate Mario Castillo was found to have smuggled several grams of narcotics into the jail.  Castillo was arrested for bringing drugs into a jail facility and possession for sales of a controlled substance.  His bail was set at $80,000. 


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office uses a Securpass X-ray Security Scanner to find and prevent contraband (weapons, drugs, cellphones) from being smuggled into the jail.  It is a similar device to what is used in airport security.  The device has the ability to detect contraband on or within a person's body.  The Securpass X-ray Security Scanner is another valuable tool the Sheriff's Office utilizes to keep local jail facilities safe for our inmates and staff.


Prepared by:

Deputy Patrick J. Connolly


News Release Date:

September 19, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Steven Jenkins (805) 648-9286


Approved by:

Captain Mark Franke