Search During Nebraska Prison Lockdown Yields Weapons, Drugs

Sep 12, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lockdown and search at Nebraska's largest prison has unearthed a variety of drugs, homemade weapons and other contraband.

Prison officials revealed Wednesday some of the items found during last week's lockdown at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

The list includes the synthetic drug K2, which officials say has helped fuel a recent increase in assaults. Prison staff members also discovered makeshift tattoo machines, syringes, lighters and a cellphone hidden inside a tablet computer.

Corrections Director Scott Frakes says the search yielded the types of items he expected, but the quantity and variety of contraband shows him the effort was worth it.

Frakes says a staff member and a visitor were arrested last week after they were caught smuggling items into state facilities.