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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C
# Investigation
Mountjoy prison went into lockdown after cannabis grinder found on a landing
All prisoners were locked in their cells.

MOUNTJOY PRISON WENT into lockdown this afternoon after the discovery of what at first appeared to be the components of a firearm and bullets.

However, gardaí have now confirmed that the object is not part of a weapon as initially suspected and it’s being reported that what was feared to be a gun barrel may actually be a cannabis grinder.

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TheJournal.ie understands that the item was found on one of the landings on the C Division.

The item was removed by An Garda Siochána for a forensic examination following an initial examination by prison staff.

The Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was before the Justice Committee today, where a Fine Gael TD stated that the commissioner confirmed that the object was a hoax.

The discovery was made at around 12:30pm at lunchtime and all prisoners were locked in their cells as a general search of the prison was carried out.

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It’s understood that the item was found in a service area where inmates would not usually be as there are no cells in that area.

Read: Gangs, drugs and violence: Documentary looks into life in Mountjoy Prison>

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