WARREN — Officials say homemade syringes, knives and tattooing materials were among the items they found during a three-day lockdown of the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Department of Corrections Associate Commissioner Jody Breton said the search of prisoner cells from July 12 to 14 also turned up drugs and razor blades.

Breton told the Bangor Daily News that most violations involved prisoners having too many of the same item, in violation of prison policy. Inmates are allowed to have only a set number of shoes, mattresses, video games, CDs and other items, but many prisoners had too many of those possessions.

Breton said every prison in the state will have at least one lockdown and search a year.

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