Records: Parole violator entered prison with gun in coat

JACKSON (AP) - A loaded gun was discovered on a man inside a Michigan prison after he was transported there for a parole violation, records show.

The incident occurred on Jan. 7, according to records obtained by the Detroit Free Press. The 9-millimeter gun, which had 12 rounds, was not fired.

"It's very, very unusual," said Byron Osborn, president of the Michigan Corrections Organization, a union that represents prison officers. "There must have, obviously, been some sort of a breakdown in the search mechanism."

Armani Shabazz, 26, had the gun in his coat when officers brought him inside the Egeler Reception and Guidance Center near Jackson, typically the first stop for people entering the state prison system, records show.

It's not clear why the gun wasn't discovered earlier. Records do not indicate if Shabazz was arrested and transported to Egeler by Corrections Department staff or another police agency, the Free Press reported.

"Staff at the facility are trained to identify contraband and responded appropriately once the item was discovered," department spokeswoman Brianna Brugel. "The incident in question is currently being investigated and therefore we cannot comment further at this time."


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