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500 lb Texas inmate hides gun in folds of fat

Monday, August 31, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

I had heard of this news a while back, but due to a constant stream of more pressing issues it got put on the back burner.

Earlier this month, an obese inmate in Houston, Texas, was charged for possession of a firearm while within the prison walls.

The 25 year old George Vera was originally imprisoned for selling illegal CDs - he apparently sold around 500 such items.

The 500 lb man was apparently searched a total of 3 times before arriving at his new home (prison cell), but none of these searches found the unloaded 9mm pistol hidden deep within his rolls of adipose tissue.

For some reason Vera decided to come clean about his fleshy holster to one of the prison guards during a shower break. By doing so, he obviously extended his prison sentence.

A couple things baffle me about this story:

1. How in the world did a man enter a prison with a gun despite 3 separate body searches?

2. After foiling the prison guards upon entry, why did Vera then decide to come clean? He must have known this would severely increase his prison sentence. I would guess this sentence would be more serious then the one for selling some burned CDs.

What are your thoughts?


Note: Thanks very much to friend and co-worker, Jenn T. for drawing my attention to the article.

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