ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque woman took a handgun into the Metropolitan Detention Center and dumped it in a bathroom trash can before she was booked on other charges last month, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
She now faces a new charge for the incident – taking contraband into a place of imprisonment.
Josephine McAllister, 34, was arrested by the Albuquerque Police Department on Dec. 16, charged with possession of stolen credit cards, receiving stolen property, larceny and resisting/obstructing an officer.
Soon after she was booked into the county jail, an inmate taking out the trash found the handgun and turned it over to jail officials, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.
McAllister told Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies she had the gun on her before she was arrested by APD. She said she had the gun in her waistband but didn’t tell police about it because she didn’t want more charges. She said she put the gun in the trash as soon as she could.
At least four officers searched her before she was booked, according to the complaint. Deputies believe she was concealing the gun in her genital area, not in her waistband.
“Knowing how in-depth the PTC (Prisoner Transport Center) officers search prisoners, there is no way that they could have missed it on her waistband,” a deputy wrote in the complaint.
The complaint doesn’t state what type of handgun it was or whether it was loaded.
McAllister said she was high on heroin that night, and that she wasn’t trying to smuggle the gun into the jail or use it to hurt officers, according to the complaint.
She was rebooked into jail on the new charge.