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California Men’s Colony on lockdown while it searches for dangerous contraband

The California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.
The California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The California Men’s Colony is on lockdown until at least Tuesday while the institution investigates whether dangerous contraband was brought inside the state prison, according to CMC spokeswoman Lt. Monica Ayon.

CMC, on Highway 1 just outside of San Luis Obispo, has been on lockdown since about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, when it received an anonymous call stating that dangerous contraband had been trafficked into the institution by some of the inmates allowed outside on fire crews, Ayon said. She added that she was not at liberty to state what the contraband allegedly is.

“We’re doing our best to conclude and complete this investigation as soon as possible and return to a normal program,” she said.

Staff has been working around the clock to validate the tip and to locate the contraband or determine that it was not brought in.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are helping with the investigation.

CMC will remain locked down until at least Tuesday, when officials will re-evaluate whether to continue the lockdown or resume a normal program, Ayon said.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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