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Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center resumes operations after a piece of cardboard resembling a gun causes lockdown

The Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center was temporarily on lockdown after a piece of cardboard in the shape of a gun was found Monday afternoon, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services officials said.

Around noon, correctional staff became aware of a “potential security risk” at the facility via the camera and video systems, DPSCS spokesperson Mark Vernarelli wrote in an email.

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He later confirmed that the security threat was a piece of cardboard in the shape of a gun.

The department then deployed its Intelligence, K9, Special Operations and Contraband Interdiction teams, which Vernarelli said is protocol.

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No medical attention was needed by the staff or detainees from the medic on standby, Vernarelli said. Further, three detainees were transferred to another facility as the department investigates.

DPSCS detectives are working with the State’s Attorney’s Office on possible criminal charges relating to the incident, Vernarelli said. As of Monday evening, the facility is operating as normal.


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