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Bullets at prison probed

June 28, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Prison officials confirmed this week that bullets had recently been smuggled into the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, a prisons spokeswoman said.

Capt. Priscilla Doggett said she could not say where the bullets were found or when they were found because an investigation is ongoing.

"The safety of staff and inmates is paramount to the Division of Correction, and we will be diligently pursuing this investigation," Doggett said.

Ray Lushbaugh, a correctional officers' union representative for Teamsters Local 103, said the official statement confirmed rumors that had been circulating through the prison.

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"The biggest concern is how they got it. Whether it was a contact visit, whether it was staff, or whether it was sent in," Lushbaugh said.

Lushbaugh said there was one prior shooting in the prison in the mid-1980s in which two inmates were shot with smuggled-in weapons.

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