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Items possibly meant for prison are seized

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Contraband including weapons, cellphones, drones and grappling hooks believed to be headed to state prisons was seized at a warehouse in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Department of Correction­s announced Friday.

The department’s Office of Inspector General learned of the contraband and raided the warehouse on July 15 with Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents, according to a news release from Correction­s Department spokespers­on Josh Ward.

Justin Brown, another spokespers­on for the department, said few other details could be released because it involves an ongoing investigat­ion into contraband being smuggled into prisons.

Seized items included 31 cellphones, which have been used to run drug rings from prisons and to coordinate inmate violence, such as fights in 2019 at several state prisons that left one inmate dead and dozens injured. Ammunition, drugs, tobacco and $8,500 in counterfei­t $100 bills were also seized. The grappling hooks were intended to retrieve the contraband, the Oklahoma Correction­s Department said.

No arrests were announced, but Inspector General Ted Woodhead said charges are expected against “numerous individual­s” at the end of what he said is an ongoing investigat­ion into the contraband.

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