Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 15, 2013

Hazmat crews dispatched to federal prison in Welch after mysterious package discovered at the facility

WELCH — A hazardous material team has been dispatched to the federal prison in Welch to assist with a suspicious package investigation.

Glenn Friss, a public information officer with the Federal Correctional Institute McDowell, said the package was flagged as containing something suspicious by employees of the prison’s mailroom.

“About 2:35 p.m. employees were checking the incoming mail when they discovered something suspicious during one of their routine screenings,” Friss said. “Everything in the facility is secure. Nothing was opened and the package has been contained until we can determine what is inside. There is no danger at all to the public, inmates or staff.”

Friss said the prison staff contacted McDowell County 911, which in turn dispatched the Princeton Fire Department’s Hazmat team to the scene. Friss said the Hazmat team had arrived on scene at approximately 4:30 p.m. to begin their investigation. Friss said the FBI has also been contacted regarding the package as the prison is a federal institution.

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