State Penitentiary raided for contraband Wednesday

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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Nebraska State Penitentiary went into lockdown in an effort to rid inmate cells of contraband.

It’s been called the first of its kind in Nebraska’s prison system. At 4:30 a.m., the State Pen. Went into lockdown and 90 minutes later, teams of investigators raided the prison.

More than 100 investigators were looking for things like weapons, drugs, alcohol, and cellphones. According to the State Inspector General Doug Koebernick, the State Pen. It is the worst when it comes to contraband.

“Tecumseh, the big issue is illegal alcohol. At the State Pen., you have a big K2 problem and a lot of cellphones,” Koebernick said.

The Nebraska State Patrol and Lincoln Police also assisted in the raid, according to Corrections Officer Scott Frakes, the operation had been planned for weeks.


Handmade tattoo machine confiscated during a search at Nebraska State Penitentiary earlier this month. (Source: Nebraska State Patrol)
This space in a tablet computer, used to conceal a smartphone, was discovered during a search at Nebraska State Penitentiary earlier this month. (Source: Nebraska State Patrol)
Small paper packages containing K2 were confiscated during a search at Nebraska State Penitentiary earlier this month. (Source: Nebraska State Patrol)
A handmade lighter made of batteries was confiscated during a search at Nebraska State Penitentiary earlier this month. (Source: Nebraska State Patrol)