Prison Search Finds Cell Phones, Weapons

Death Row Inmate Caught Using Cell Phone

A shakedown of the huge Texas prison system is netting authorities more contraband than just illegal cell phones.Officers have turned up weapons, tobacco products and money. All of that is prohibited for the some 155,000 inmates in the state’s 111 prisons.That’s on top of the 120 phones and components like chargers found as the first full week of the inspections ended Monday.A statewide lockdown of the system began after death row inmate Richard Tabler was caught making a phone call from his cell.Authorities said Tabler also shared the device with other death-row inmates.Tabler’s mother and sister both have been charged with introducing contraband into the prison system, for allegedly buying minutes to keep the phone active.



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