The Butte County Sheriff's Office tweets jail search operation

POSTED: 6:03 PM Sep 20 2013
OROVILLE, Calif. -

The Butte County Sheriff's Office gave the public a firsthand look of what they confiscated Thursday by sharing it on Twitter.

In the raid, they found alcohol, handcuff keys and micronotes -- very small pieces of paper to send messages to other inmates. The micronotes are so small that people need a magnifying glass to see them.

Deputies, along with the gang unit, searched the maximum security wing of the jail to find illegal items inmates were hiding during the search. They found more than 30 micronotes, six handcuff keys, eight gang drawings, and some jail alcohol known as "pruno."

The sheriff's office shared that inmates would use fruit and bread they would get during meal time and combine the ingredients in a small container to make alcohol.

Police departments from Chico, Oroville, Gridley, Paradise, and Orland all helped out in Thursday's search and Undersheriff Kory Honea explained that they want the public to know firsthand how they are handling inmates.

"We think it's important to be open and transparent and let the public know what we are dealing with," said Honea.  "We think these virtual ride-alongs through Twitter are a great way to do that."

This was the first planned operation that the Butte County Sheriff's Office put together. Honea said that the types of items they found are common items to find in the cells, but the number of the items was higher than expected.

Honea said there is no set plan on when the next planned operation will be but he did say that they will have one "when it's necessary".

If you would like to experience the life of a deputy first-hand, you can follow the sheriff's office on Twitter at @bsco_news.