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Alert: Toilet paper shank found

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Alert: Toilet paper shank found

Provided by Ohio State Highway Patrol Criminal Intelligence Unit Monthly Briefing 2/26/09

These are two photos of a weapon seized from an inmate at the Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility. The weapon is made out of toilet paper and it only took the inmate 4 hours to devise a way to make this weapon.

You can see the size of it and how dangerous it looks. The hardness is very similar to hard plastic.

The tip, shaft, handle and prongs are hard and will penetrate through material. This weapon has the potential to cause serious injury or death if used as a stabbing

Also, once used (according to the inmate), it can be placed in the toilet to soften and can be flushed out of sight right away.


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