CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) —  Maryland correctional officials say a maximum-security prison near Cumberland remains on modified lockdown a week after an inmate turned over two live bullets to a staff member.

A Division of Correction spokeswoman said Monday that the .22-caliber bullets were found Nov. 21 as a result of intelligence efforts and a focus on contraband interdiction at the North Branch Correctional Institution.

She says investigators have found no weapon capable of firing the rounds.

Inmates are being denied visitors and fed in their cells while officers continue to search for contraband.

The Cumberland Times-News first reported the discovery.

Maryland AFSCME Director Patrick Moran blames low staffing levels for what he calls a dangerous situation for prison workers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. varoom says:

    This is the adminstrators responsibility, fire her azz.

  2. Baltimore area COII says:

    Maryland needs to invest in better detection technology, for all contraband. MD DOC relies on walk through metal detectors, x-ray machines for packages and personal effects, and frisk searches of all persons entering DOC facilities. There is millimeter wave scanning technology for total body scanning such as the L3 Provision ATD. It can detect all types of materials (metallic and non-metallic): liquids, gels, plastics, powders, metals, ceramics, etc. It can also detect other types of objects: weapons, standard and home-made explosives, contraband, drugs, money, papers, etc. This machine can also scan 200 – 400 people per hour. Furthermore, this device does not produce a revealing image, rather pinpoints hits on a body diagram on a computer screen.

    Maryland also needs to hire additional, qualified, US Citizens who have passed a thurough background check.

  3. queen says:

    Maybe they were hidden up the inmates azz. from a previous encounted from the police.

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