Loaded gun found inside Epstein jail, raising serious questions about security practices

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 6th, 2020 1:52 pm
2

Following a weeklong lockdown at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself last August, federal investigators discovered a loaded gun Thursday that had been smuggled into the facility, according to the Associated Press.

The search of the Manhattan facility began last week after officials were told that a gun may have been smuggled into the jail. The lockdown resulted in the discovery of other contraband and led to a criminal investigation into guard misconduct.

The handgun, which was located by Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officers inside a jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, marked a major violation of prison protocol, raising serious questions about security practices at the facility.

Over the past few days, officers have found a substantial amount of contraband, including cellphones, narcotics, and homemade weapons, according to the BOP.

The BOP said the contraband presents a major threat to the facility's security.

"All of these items pose a significant threat to the safety and security of the facility as well as the public," the agency said in a statement. "The BOP is committed to the safety of staff, inmates, and the public while continuing to ensure that those responsible for misconduct and criminal activity are held accountable."


Comments

There are 2 comments on this article.

You must become a subscriber or login to view or post comments on this article.