Corrections deputies find loaded handgun hidden on woman during booking

SNOHOMISCH COUNTY, Wash. — Snohomish County Corrections deputies made an unexpected discovery while booking a 30-year-old woman into jail on Wednesday morning.

Deputies found a loaded semi-automatic handgun hidden between the folds of the woman’s belly, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said.

When the woman was placed in a Tek84 body scanning machine, which deputies said is “used to identify and reduce the instances of contraband entering the facility,” an image from the scanner revealed the outline of the handgun, authorities said.

Law enforcement said the woman was immediately handcuffed, and the gun was taken and placed in a weapons locker.

The gun was identified as a Colt .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun, according to deputies.

The woman was booked into jail on an added charge of possession of a weapon by a prisoner after Washington State Patrol was contacted and questioned her.

Officials said the Tek84 scanner has been in use since January of 2021 and helps provide an added layer of security for the jail.