Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center was locked down yesterday after a loaded semiautomatic handgun was found in an entrance area, in what the jail's top commander called "the highest violation of security."
A correctional officer found the Glock 9 mm pistol in a supply cabinet about 9 p.m. Wednesday, said LaMont W. Flanagan, state commissioner of pretrial detention and services who runs the booking center at the Fallsway and East Madison Street.
The cabinet was in an entrance area where female suspects are searched by correctional officers after they have been brought in by police. Suspects also are supposed to be searched for weapons by police before they are brought into the jail, Flanagan said.
Beginning today, he said, correctional officers will search inmates outside the entrance -- at least during busy times -- to reduce the chance that a weapon will enter the center.
Inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center next door also were locked down as correctional employees were sent to the booking center to help investigate and search. Flanagan said a security audit team was there yesterday to determine who brought the gun in and why.
"At this time, we can't make any assumptions about how it got in there," he said. "In all probability, it was a female inmate who wanted to stash it before she got searched."
Pub Date: 9/26/97