- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

POWHATAN, Va. (AP) - Powhatan Reception and Classification Center has been on lockdown for more than two weeks after law enforcement foiled an attempt to smuggle in contraband that included weapons and ammunition hidden inside a basketball.

Virginia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1PGYgSA) that on Jan. 14, officials received a tip that individuals were planning to smuggle items into the prison. Officers intercepted two people attempting to enter a job fair on the nearby State Farm compound with marijuana, tobacco, cell phones, knives and 9mm round bullets.

Kinney says the facility was placed on lockdown that day and remained so as of Jan. 29. During a lockdown, offenders aren’t allowed to work or have visitors.

The entire facility has been searched. Kinney says while bullets were part of the confiscated contraband, no gun has been found yet.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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