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Sheriff Cocchi Orders Comprehensive Search Of Ludlow Jail

Hampden County Sheriff Dept

   A western Massachusetts jail was put on lockdown and searched from top to bottom Tuesday at the direction of the new Hampden County Sheriff. 

         The search for illegal drugs and other contraband at the jail in Ludlow turned up nothing of concern, according to public information officer Stephen O’Neil. 

     He said newly installed Sheriff Nick Cocchi ordered the comprehensive search – the first of its kind at the jail in many years.

      "This was intended to do a clean sweep as well as send a clear message," O'Neil said.

     Over the course of about six hours Tuesday, more than a 1,000 inmates were escorted from their cells, which were then searched by dogs.  Canine units from local police departments and other sheriff departments were used.  

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.