Drugs prompted Oshkosh prison lockdown last month, 30 inmates involved

The Oshkosh Correctional Institution, seen June 2, 2017 after lockdown went in effect the day before. (WLUK)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) - FOX 11 Investigates has learned illegal drugs prompted the lockdown of the state prison in Oshkosh last month.

Dozens of inmates were allegedly involved in the drug activity.

Documents obtained by FOX 11 Investigates in an open records request are providing new information into the problems at Oshkosh Correctional Institution.

The lockdown began June 1st, and according to emails obtained from the prison's warden, it was prompted by what the warden Judy Smith called "serious incidents involving overdoses and contraband drugs."

The documents indicate 30 inmates were identified for alleged involvement with drugs. Inmates were found with fentanyl--a potent synthetic opioid, that medical experts say can be 50 times stronger than heroin.

Documents show “remnants of other substances, along with pills, were also found throughout the institution.”

Approximately 70 correctional officers were brought in from five other prisons to search the facility over several days.

Drug-sniffing dogs were also brought in for the search, including FOX 11 confirmed came from Oshkosh Police.

A search of the entire prison took place, including the housing units, the laundry facilities, the food service area, and prison grounds.

The lockdown, which restricted inmate flow in the prison, lasted about two weeks.

Documents provided by the Department of Corrections, as well as inmates contacting FOX 11 Investigates, show changes are being made at the prison in the visitation room and with incoming mail.

Officials also indicate they are evaluating changes in operations to ensure the safety of both inmates and staff.

FOX11 Investigates will continue to dig into this issue, and keep you posted on the ongoing investigation.

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