2011-01-13 / Local & State

Discovery Of Handgun Forces Lockdown Of Pa. Prison

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – A prison in eastern Pennsylvania remains locked down after the discovery of a handgun in the prisoner intake area.

Officials at Northampton County Prison say the gun was found behind a filing cabinet on Wednesday morning.

Prison Director Robert Meyers says officials don’t know who the gun belongs to or how it got there. He says the weapon, which had a loaded magazine, doesn’t appear to belong to a police officer.

County Executive John Stoffa tells The Morning Call of Allentown that the discovery of the gun indicates an inmate somehow got through at least two searches without the weapon being discovered.

Stoffa told The Express- Times of Easton that officials started a cell-to-cell search after the weapon was discovered.

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