2 more cell phones found on Texas' death row

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas prison officials say they've recovered two more contraband cell phones on death row.

The Houston Chronicle reports a state senator says he was told one of the phones still had the price tag attached.

The first phone was located about midday yesterday when officers spotted it in the trash.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons says officials believe an inmate tried to discard it for fear of being caught.

The second phone was found later yesterday inside the cell of death row inmate Raphael Holiday as he attempted to flush it down the toilet.

Holiday and the unidentified owner of the second cell phone face disciplinary action.

Last month prison officials imposed a statewide lockdown after condemned inmate, Richard Tabler, made threatening calls to state Sen. John Whitmire using a cell phone that had been smuggled to Tabler.

Whitmire said he was told one of the cell phones found yesterday had a price tag on it, prompting concern it may be new.

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