State locks down entire prison system for weapon and drug 'shakedown'
Posted at: 07/12/2012 1:11 PM
| Updated at: 07/12/2012 3:05 PM
By: KOB.com staff
The New Mexico Corrections Department says it has locked down all of the state's prison cells and housing units to search for drugs and weapons and "anything suspicious that could compromise the safety and security of the prison staff and inmates."
The lockdown will affect all prisons in New Mexico that have state inmates, including private contract prisons.
The department says it began the "shakedown" Wednesday and said it should last "no more than 5 days."
In a statement Thursday, deputy secretary of operations Joe Booker said:
“Yesterday we ordered a statewide lockdown to conduct shakedowns of prison cells and housing units. The lockdown is expected to take no more than 5 days. During this time, we will be vigilantly looking for drugs and weapons. These types of shakedowns will be done on a routine basis to ensure the safety and security of our prisons is being met.”
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