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What would a prisoner do with 400 packs of Ramen noodles?
By sunherald.com
Published: 03/31/2017

“How do you spell love? R-A-M-E-N.” That just does not have the zing of “M-O-N-E-Y.”

But then, we’re not in prison.

If we were, we might be singing a different tune.

The state Department of Corrections has been cracking down on contraband at its prisons with a series of shakedowns. It’s pretty clear what the intended use is for homemade knives, bats, drugs and other typical prison fare that turned up in these searches.

But Ramen noodles?

At least one inmate at the East Mississippi Correctional Center this month had squirreled away 400 packs of the noodles, more than enough to get a broke college student through a semester.

Grace Fisher, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, said the noodles were found in a locker that, surprise, no one at the prison is claiming.

“We can say, based on episodic seizures, especially during shakedowns, that a large quantity indicates the inmate is using the items for personal gain or in bartering, gambling or extorting,” she wrote in an email.

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