The Clay County Justice Center welcomed eight new inmates Tuesday after a security breach was discovered within the Vigo County Jail.
Despite the eight additions, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the Center remains below capacity.
"I think we've got eight," Heaton said of the additions. "That's all we could hold."
Currently, there are 136 inmates incarcerated at the Center. Heaton said the facility holds approximately 154 with a maximum amount being 170.
On Monday, officials at the Vigo County Jail discovered contraband in a cellblock. As a result, 18 inmates from the particular cellblock were moved to various other facilities across the Wabash Valley, including the eight to Clay County. According to reports, officials found cell phones, a small amount of marijuana and tobacco.
Heaton said the new inmates will more than likely remain in the Center until Vigo County can take them back.
Heaton said counties moving inmates from one jail to another is not a new thing.
"This happens a lot when you have to upgrade or remodel," Heaton said. "It depends on the amount of overcrowding."
According to reports, the Vigo County Jail holds approximately 268 inmates. However, the jail was housing close to 300 as of Tuesday.
Heaton said the local Center has housed inmates from Vigo, Montgomery, Owen, Sullivan and Tippecanoe counties. It officially opened in 2006.
He said the older facility only housed 38 inmates, but at times, housed quite a few more.
"We were running into the mid-70s," Heaton said, adding the county, at times, had to ship inmates to other counties, including Parke, Vigo and Daviess.
"Now that we have the new facility, we have the capability of housing inmates for other counties," Heaton said.
Heaton said it's nearly impossible for visitors at the Center to smuggle in contraband.
"(Visitors have tried) to get things in, especially in the old jail," Heaton said. "It happens. No matter what, somebody is going to try to sneak something in. It's a cat and mouse game."