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Contraband, weapons confiscated at MCI-H

January 20, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Officials at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown confiscated weapons and contraband from inmates this week, officials said.

George Gregory, spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction, said Thursday he was not sure how many weapons were found during a lockdown that ended early this week. The prison was back to normal operations Thursday, he said.

"There were several weapons," Gregory said.

The prison was placed on lockdown Saturday after a fight that same day involving 10 inmates. Visits were canceled and prison movement was restricted.

The weapons, which were not used during the fight, all were handcrafted knives. They were discovered during the lockdown, as officials did a "sweep" of the prison, Gregory said.

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"They take something you could sharpen to a point and make it a weapon," he said.

Prison officials also found contraband at the prison, including tobacco, money and homemade wine. Gregory said inmates made the wine from fruit they receive at lunch.

All contraband was confiscated.

No correctional officers were injured during the fight, and inmates involved were placed on administrative segregation.

Four inmates were injured in the fight, Gregory said. All were treated for their injuries and released back to the prison.

Gregory said prison officials have not changed procedure to avoid a similar incident in the future.

"The lockdown was to secure the facility for the staff as well as the inmates," he said.

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