A Maryland Division of Correction K-9 officer found more than 11 pounds of tobacco Monday afternoon along Garis Shop Road outside the state prison complex south of Hagerstown, according to a Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services press release.
The tobacco was found in two large bags, one being a gym bag and the other a trash bag, according to the release.
The tobacco was found on the eastern edge of the Maryland Correctional Training Center, and each of the large bags contained 31 smaller bags, according to the release.
Correctional officials believe the tobacco, which is prohibited in prison, was intended for inmates, according to the release.
Tobacco products, like other contraband including weapons, cell phones and drugs, often is traded and sold, and struggles over it lead to fights and pose safety threats to inmates and staff, according to the release.