Jail Raid in Merced

March 5, 2008 9:43:41 PM PST
Merced County Agents raided the main jail Wednesday afternoon in search of potential weapons.They were looking for two pieces of metal. Authorities say inmates used one of the pieces to cut the cover off a vent in their cell during a failed escape attempt.

Deputies say the sweep is intended to protect both inmates and officers. Deputy Tom MacKenzie: "Any time there's a gang fight or a fight between inmates in the cells for the officers as well as the inmates."

Deputy Tom MacKenzie says the search is still on-going this evening.