Authorities say an overly obese inmate in Houston had a gun hidden under flabs of his own flesh.
The 500-pound man was searched during his arrest and again at a city jail and the county jail, but officers never found the weapon in his rolls of skin. Vera admitted having the gun during a shower break at the county jail Monday.
Inmates are not required to go through a metal detector or wand search, Houston and Harris County law enforcement spokespeople told the Houston Chronicle.
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Vera was originally arrested on charges of selling illegal copies of compact discs, the newspaper reported.
The county jail had passed a surprise inspection just days earlier, according to the Chronicle.
Vera is free on a $10,000 bond. He is charged with possessing or selling unlabeled recordings and possession of a firearm in a correctional facility, both third-degree felonies. If convicted of both charges, he faces up to four to 20 years in prison.