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Guardsmen help search Lincoln prison for contraband

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Oct 21, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say nearly three dozen Nebraska National Guardsmen helped search the Lincoln Correctional Center for contraband.

Sunday’s search was the second time in just over a month that an outside state agency helped the Nebraska Correctional Services Department look for outlawed items, including weapons, drugs and cellphones.

The department didn’t say whether any such items were found Sunday.

Last month nearly 40 officers from other law enforcement agencies joined department employees in a search at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

Prisons director Scott Frakes says the extra help lets the department carry out searches with greater effectiveness and speed.