|Second surprise search of Nebraska State Penitentiary turns up more drugs, weapons|
|By omaha.com- Paul Hammel|
LINCOLN — A second, surprise search of the troubled State Penitentiary — a search officials said was “always part of a bigger plan” — found more smuggled drugs and homemade weapons Wednesday.
Corrections officials had been criticized in a state watchdog’s report earlier this week for not searching every housing unit during an unprecedented three-day lockdown and search of the State Pen two weeks ago.
But State Corrections Director Scott Frakes said, in a press release, that Wednesday’s “first-of-its-kind” operation — which included personnel from the Nebraska State Patrol and the Lincoln Police Department — was “weeks” in the planning and had always been a part of the plan to rid the state’s largest prison of contraband.
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