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Illinois prison remains on lockdown amid search

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 4:10 p.m. CDT

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections says the lockdown at Illinois' largest maximum security prison will remain in effect through this week.

Tom Shaer says Monday that the lockdown at Menard Correctional Center southeast of St. Louis won't be lifted until an investigation is finished. The lockdown started on Friday following the discovery of a cache of crude weapons and homemade alcohol.

Specifically officials found more than a dozen weapons along with gallons of homemade alcohol and juice and sugar used to make liquor.

Officials have said IDOC is working to determine how the inmates managed to hoard the items.

Authorities say there is no indication any weapons have been used recently at the prison or that inmates were drinking homemade liquor.

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