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Bomb making materials seized in Marcy Correctional lockdown

By WKTV News

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Officials have release more details on why a portion of Marcy Correctional Facility was placed on lockdown Monday afternoon.

According to officials with the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), the lockdown was put into place and evacuations were made after an inmate had been found to be in possession of what was identified as instructions on how to make an explosive device, in addition to possible bomb making material.

A search of the inmate's living area found what appeared to be potential bomb making materials, at which point the State Police bomb squad was called. No one was hurt in the incident, and NYSCOPBA correction officers worked to ensure the safety of all staff and inmates during evacuation.

"It's a credit to the hard work of these officers that this incident was handled so well," said Donn Rowe, president of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.

"It's due to the quick thinking of our members that they identified a potential problem, and acted accordingly. We do this everyday, and we take every possible violation very seriously."

The Marcy inmate in question, Michael Lee, is facing departmental charges in addition to possible outside charges for his alleged possession of the material.

Following the lockdown and evacuation, State Police secured and removed the material that was found in Lee's living area. Lee has been moved to the special housing unit of the facility. An investigation is ongoing.

Marcy Correctional Facility has resumed normal operation since the incident on Monday.

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