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Six detainees were taken to the hospital, rushed to the ER because they were sick, but because they were exhibiting symptoms affiliated with being under the influence of drugs. "The director has placed the entire compound on institutional lockdown," said agency spokesman Jeff Limo.

The lockdown was a result of an incident at the Department of Corrections' Mangilao compound Thursday night. According to DOC spokesperson Jeff Limo, six detainees were clearly up to no good. From hallucinations, paranoia, and vomiting - the belligerent and erratic behavior got the attention of prison guards.

"Officers responded and apprehended the six individuals who at the time had slurred speech and was very combative towards staff,' Limo added. He says the detainees were under the influence of contraband, which has since been recovered by prison staff. "Right now my investigators have the contraband in hand as we speak. We're still conducting several interviews that will probably take the whole day if not the whole weekend. We have a couple of suspected contraband such as Copenhagen, tobacco products, and what's possibly Spice," he deduced.

Around 8pm Thursday, the detainees were transported to the Guam Memorial Hospital. "At GMH they were medically assessed by ER doctors. They were cleared within an hour and a half. We were able to bring them there, have them assessed. Again what's important is that we ensure that they're healthy enough to return back to the facility and that their health is not harmed at that time," he said.

While an investigation has been launched to determine how the detainees were able to access the drugs, Limo admits: it's a daily battle to keep the contraband out. "We're doing as much as we can. Just earlier today we were able to retrieve something that was stuck along the fence line. Unfortunately it was tobacco products," he said. "Friends or families or someone who knows someone in here will try to throw it from the roadside, which is not too far where the actual units are at."

And it's not just outsiders attempting to smuggle in contraband. Former DOC officer Eugene Sunega faces up to 20 years incarceration and a $250,000 fine. Back in February, Sunega was caught with crystal meth in his backpack while reporting for duty. He was indicted in federal court and pleaded guilty to the charges. Although the six detainees have returned to the compound, they are no longer being housed in Post 17.

Because two refused to cooperate with the investigation, they have been transferred to the Maximum Security Unit.

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