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PostSubject: HPD: Obese inmate hides gun in rolls   Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:05 pm

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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The sheriff's department and Houston police are investigating how an inmate managed to sneak a handgun into jail by hiding it in the folds of his skin.

George Vera was arrested Monday after being accused of selling bootlegged CDs. He was taken to the city jail then transferred to the county jail where he admitted he was hiding a 9-millimeter in the folds of his skin. Houston police say it is procedure to search the suspect numerous times between the arrest, booking, and jail transfer.

The police department and sheriff's department are both conducting internal investigations. Vera now faces an additional charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility.
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Obese Houston inmate found with gun after 5 searches
By DALE LEZON Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
Aug. 6, 2009, 12:41PM
Harris County Sheriff's Department

George Vera, 25, is charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility.

An obese Harris County jail inmate turned over a pistol that had been hidden in the folds of his skin after he went through at least five searches upon his arrest and was booked into two different local lockups, authorities said.

George Vera, 25, is charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility. He also is charged with possessing or selling unlabeled recordings, the original reason for his arrest.

Authorities said he was caught with 439 compact disc recordings which did not have labels noting manufacturers or distributors.

Vera is free on a total of $10,000 bail. The Chronicle was unable to reach him at his home.

The Houston Police Department, which operates the city jail, and the Harris County Sheriff's Office, which operates the county jail, are investigating.

The case comes on the heels of the county jail passing a state inspection last week after the facility corrected problems found during a previous inspection in April.

"It's certainly troubling and that's why we're conducting an investigation to see what happened," said Christina Garza, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

A spokesman for the Houston Police Department, Kese Smith, said that procedures call for a suspect to be searched upon arrest, twice at the city jail and once more upon his transfer. He said there's no special provision regarding obese people, but officers are trained to thoroughly search suspects.

Vera, who is 5-foot-10 and weighs more 500 pounds, was arrested by Houston police and booked into the city jail Sunday on suspicion of bootlegging compact disc recordings, said Donna Hawkins, spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

By Monday, Vera was transferred to the county jail, where he was searched at least once. While he was in the shower that day, he told a guard that he had weapon on him.

Garza said officers found a 9-millimeter handgun beneath folds of his skin. The gun was not loaded and it was unclear whether bullets were found.

The incident comes after the troubled jail at 1200 Baker passed a surprise inspection last week by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The review found that all deficiencies cited during the April inspection had been corrected.

In April, the lockup failed inspection because of malfunctioning intercoms, broken toilets and crowding in holding cells, where inmates are placed before they are formally booked.

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PostSubject: Re: HPD: Obese inmate hides gun in rolls   Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:15 pm

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