State and federal officials conducted a lockdown at Lanesboro Correctional Institution to search for contraband on Wednesday.
K-9 teams were used during the search. Officials discovered one cell phone and one homemade weapon, according to Pamela Walker, communications director at the NC Department of Public Safety. “The Department of Public Safety conducted a security operation with both internal and external partners in effort to protect staff, inmates and the general public,” she said via email. “We did have a large contingent of folks there to show strong support for our staff.”
Although the prison was on lockdown for the duration of the search, Walker said the prison resumed normal operations on Thursday and that no areas were targeted. “There is no one specific event or concentrated area of focus,” she said. “This is a comprehensive, collaborative assessment that DPS asked for to determine what may be going on and what preemptive measures are warranted.”
Agencies involved in the search were the Division of Prisons, Prison Emergency Response Team (PERT), Alcohol Law Enforcement, State Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI. “More than anything it is a strong showing of support to our employees, the inmates who want to do their time without trouble, as well as the general public,” Walker said.
Inmates were put on lockdown for several months following an attack on a corrections officer last November in what was one of many events that have attracted criticism for the prison. Searches conducted after the attack revealed cell phones, improvised weapons, and marijuana.