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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officers found more weapons and drugs during a second search of the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

The Nebraska Correctional Services Department deployed K-9 teams after a lockdown was imposed at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Department Director Scott Frakes says nearly 40 officers from other law enforcement agencies joined department employees in the hunt for contraband.

State Prison Locked Down Again

Sep 19, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  The Nebraska State Penitentiary is placed on lockdown during a raid for contraband.  The prison went on lockdown early yesterday morning, and investigators began their raid 90 minutes later.  More than 100 investigators searched for contraband including weapons, drugs, cellphones and alcohol.  Nebraska corrections officials say the raid had been planned for several weeks. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says parts of a Nebraska prison weren't searched during a recent lockdown that was billed as a safety precaution to locate contraband.

Nebraska Inspector General for Correctional Services Doug Koebernick said in his annual report Monday that the issue came to his attention Sept. 6, when the Nebraska State Penitentiary was under a lockdown.

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.

State Penitentiary Lockdown Eased

Sep 10, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  The Nebraska State Penitentiary is moving away from a lockdown.  State Department of Correctional Services director Scott Frakes said inmates were given a little more freedom after the status change on Friday, but that outside visits were being canceled at least through the weekend.  Frakes said the penitentiary went into lockdown last Wednesday so that organized and intensive searches could be conducted.  He said no single incident spurred the action, but that there were a number of recent assaults and contraband discoveries that prompted it.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Searches for weapons, drugs and other contraband have been undertaken during a lockdown at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

Officials say the lockdown that began Wednesday morning was needed because of the increase in assaults on staffers and among inmates, as well as an increase in the use of synthetic marijuana, or K2.