Bullets smuggled into Ionia Co. prison, found on inmate’s breakfast tray

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IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — The Ionia Correctional Facility was locked down for nearly 12 hours earlier this week after bullets were found on an inmate’s breakfast tray.

According to Michigan Department of Corrections Spokesman Chris Gautz, three .22-caliber bullets were spotted by a corrections officer before the tray was delivered to a maximum security inmate.

The prison was locked down Tuesday from about 8:15 a.m. until 8 p.m. while officials performed a search of the entire correctional facility, Gautz said.   No gun was located during the search, he said.

MDOC and Michigan State Police are reviewing surveillance video and investigating how the bullets were smuggled into the facility.

Gautz said maximum security prisoners’ meals are prepared by other prisoners under the supervision of Aramark workers.  They are then sealed.

The meals are also delivered by prisoners under the supervision of corrections officers.

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