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Alleged gang member brings gun into jail, arresting officer claims he missed it during pat down due to man’s large size, docs show

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HOUSTON – An alleged gang member who was arrested Tuesday managed to bring a gun into a Harris County Jail facility because an arresting officer failed to find it during a body search, according to an affidavit.

Lacorey Lazes Fairley, 22, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and carrying a prohibited weapon in prohibited places.

According to court documents, on Tuesday, Fairley was a passenger in a blue Volkswagen Jetta that was pulled over for a traffic stop on FM 1960. A Harris County Sheriff’s deputy who approached the vehicle said he smelled the strong aroma of marijuana emanating from inside.

The deputy first questioned the driver, observing that he appeared to be nervous, with his hand trembling. The deputy had the driver exit the vehicle, securing him in handcuffs, and conducted a body search. He found a ski mask in the suspect’s front pocket and the driver advised that there was a handgun in the glove compartment, documents state.

After securing the driver into the back of the patrol vehicle, the deputy then turned his attention to Fairley, who was the passenger.

According to documents, Fairley – at first – told the deputy that his name was “James Jones.” He changed his story shortly afterward, admitting that he lied, saying he did not want to get in trouble. Even though the deputy smelled marijuana, Fairley denied that there was any inside the vehicle.

The deputy then secured Fairley in handcuffs, patting him down also, and placed him inside the patrol car.

It was determined that there was enough probable cause to conduct a search of the suspects’ vehicle.

It was determined that there was enough probable cause to conduct a search of the suspects’ vehicle.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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