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CrimeWeapons, phones, drugs found after Oklahoma prison fights

19:21  18 september  2019
19:21  18 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Investigators have seized numerous contraband cell phones , weapons and drugs in the aftermath of the bloodshed, which led to the death of one inmate, and 36 others taken to The fights appear to have been the result of a dispute between two prison gangs as well as racial tensions, authorities said.

The fight began about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in a day room where bunks were set up to deal with overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections He was released from the hospital Thursday and returned to the prison . Strain is serving a 20-year sentence for theft. He has been incarcerated

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials say numerous weapons, cellphones and drugs have been found by investigators following a series of fights that left one inmate dead, dozens injured and prisons statewide locked down.

Weapons, phones, drugs found after Oklahoma prison fights © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This July 10, 2017, file photo shows a tower outside of the razor wire at the Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton, Okla. Prisons in Oklahoma are locked down after several inmate fights over the weekend caused one inmate death and more than a dozen injuries. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Department spokesman Matt Elliott said Wednesday that all 24 state and three private prisons remain locked down indefinitely following the weekend fights at prisons in Vinita, Hominy, Sayre, Fort Supply, Lawton and Stringtown.

Elliott said 27-year-old inmate Chad Burns was killed in fighting at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. Elliott said 36 inmates and several prison staff were injured, though none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Elliott said the fights were gang-related and racially motivated, but declined to identify the gangs involved.

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