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Correctional Officer Finds Cocaine, Gun on Inmate

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Lake County Jail, Crown Point, Indiana (Photo credit: OZinOH via Flickr)


The Lake County Jail in Crown Point Indiana has added two additional checkpoints for officers to search inmates prior to booking them into their facilities. The added measures are the result of an incident in which a correctional officer, during a routine check at the jail, spotted the handle of the gun on an inmate.


Eric R. McClinton III, 20, pleaded guilty to being a prisoner in possession of a deadly weapon, a Level 4 felony. Lake County Criminal Judge Salvador Vasquez on May 18 sentenced McClinton to two years in prison, which was the maximum amount of time he could have faced under the terms of the plea agreement.



McClinton admitted that on Dec. 10, 2015, he was arrested after refusing to identify himself to an officer during a traffic stop.



He was placed into a holding cell at Lake County Jail following a medical examination. According to the agreement, McClinton placed his .38-special revolver into a toilet and used toilet paper to conceal it.



McClinton had also been accused of bringing in cocaine to the jail, but charges associated with that allegation were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.



According to court records, Vasquez determined that McClinton’s criminal history was an aggravating factor that warranted the two-year prison sentence. He was on probation in a Gary City Court case when the arrest happened.


Lake County Sheriff John Buncich called the incident “human error”.



The post Correctional Officer Finds Cocaine, Gun on Inmate appeared first on Bearing Arms.


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