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Arrestee accused of trying to smuggle gun into jail

Posted on May 9, 2022

Updated on May 10, 2022

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This photo taken by deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office shows the Tek-84 Body Scanner used to identify contraband hidden by incoming inmates.

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This photo taken by deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office shows the Tek-84 Body Scanner used to identify contraband hidden by incoming inmates.

Turkise Petway

Turkise Petway

NASHVILLE — Authorities have charged a Rocky Mount man with trying to smuggle into jail a firearm hidden in his groin area.

Turkise Petway, 27, of Lindsey Street faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon by a prisoner.

At noon on April 29, Rocky Mount police took Petway to the Nash County Detention Center on counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and aiding and abetting armed robbery.

Upon entry to the jail, officers turned Petway and his paperwork over to detention staff as per protocol, said Maj. Eddie Moore with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

“As part of the initial booking process, all inmates are placed through our Tek-84 body scanner to determine if any illegal contraband is hidden within their clothing or body cavities,” Moore said. “Upon conducting the scan of Petway, detention officers discovered a loaded revolver handgun in the groin area of the suspect.”

Detention officers retrieved the gun and turned it over to Rocky Mount police who returned to get it.

Moore said the Nash County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to have the body scanner technology at jail.

“This body scanner was purchased last year through a COVID related grant at a cost of nearly $150,000 that did not cost our agency any money,” Moore said. “The scanner helps to prevent serious issues that may occur if weapons and contraband are not located prior to an inmate being placed into the jail population.”

Sheriff Keith Stone said the technology probably saved lives.

“Although it is unknown what the suspect’s motives may have been had the weapon not been discovered, this incident could have easily ended badly for detention officers or current inmates,” Stone said. “Gangs, guns and drugs are the primary issues that our area is facing as it relates to crime. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office will continue to do its part to combat those issues in our communities.”

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