SMITHFIELD – Inmates were relocated to the new Johnston County Detention Center, Sunday morning.
Around 6:15am, a prisoner transport bus carrying the first 34 inmates departed from the Johnston County Jail, at the Johnston County Courthouse, to the new 118,000 square foot Detention Center on US 70 East.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office STAR Team (SWAT Team) was on hand with the Bearcat armored vehicle, along with extra uniformed deputies, and a sheriff’s K-9 unit, to closely monitor the transfer of 283 inmates from the old to new jail.
Deputies blocked intersections along Market Street through Downtown Smithfield while the heavily-guarded prisoner transport bus made its way to the new detention facility. The process was repeated several times, with up to 34 inmates on the bus each trip.
The prisoner transfer and opening date of the new $41.2 million detention center could not be disclosed in advance due to security reasons.
All 283 inmates were relocated by midday Sunday without any issues.