Gun found in waistband of man being booked into Iowa jail

January 2, 2020 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jail intake officer found a loaded gun in the waistband of a man being booked into the Polk County Jail, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday.

The release said the incident began late Wednesday night as John Steven Hansen, 25, of Des Moines, was being booked into the jail on a harassment charge. Officials said that when Hansen was brought to the jail by Des Moines police, he was immediately searched by a Polk County detention officer before Hansen’s handcuffs were removed. Within seconds, the handgun and 17 rounds in the gun’s magazine were found in Hansen’s waistband.

Hansen is now also charged with possession of contraband in a correctional facility.

Des Moines police are investigating to determine how Hansen made it into the jail facility with a weapon.