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August 6, 2009

"Inmate Hides Gun In Fat Layers"

The title of this post is the headline of this local news story from Texas.  Here are the basics:

A nearly 600-pound man was able to hide a weapon for more than a day while he was in custody, police told KPRC Local 2 Wednesday. "Obviously the system broke down," former Harris County Detention Major Mark Kellar said. "The procedures didn't work as they were designed to work."

Houston police said George Vera, 25, was arrested Aug. 2 and taken to the city jail.  He spent a day there before being transferred to the Harris County Jail. After being there for 14 hours, going through intake procedures, he was taken to the showers, the final step before going to his cell. There, Vera told police he had a 9mm handgun on him, along with 2 clips.

"If a person has a weapon, narcotics, anything of danger, it should have been found before he winds up in the county jail," said Kellar.  Kellar said Vera should have been searched at least three times before getting to the jail.

Vera weighs nearly 600 pounds and the gun was allegedly hidden between fat layers. Houston Police Officers Union President Gary Blankinship said cadets are trained how to search morbidly obese people. "We teach officers to lift up and look under," Blankinship said. "The officer may not have arrested anyone this big before."

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I thought metal detectors were SOP?

Posted by: . | Aug 6, 2009 12:04:40 PM

This has what to do with sentencing issues?

Posted by: Samuel | Aug 6, 2009 12:20:06 PM

Does having a gun inside the jail form the basis for an additional enhancement?

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Aug 6, 2009 12:23:22 PM

But that's not the real question Samuel. It whether he had a permit or not. Because if he had a permit for the gun he's a despicable 2nd amendment hater who deserve hanging.

Posted by: Daniel | Aug 6, 2009 3:19:28 PM

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