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Posted: March 28, 2012 10:49 a.m.

Jailers overlook gun when booking man into lockup

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say jailers overlooked a gun on a suspect as they booked him into the Clarke County Jail in northeast Georgia.

Clarke County sheriff's Capt. Eric Pozen says the .38-caliber revolver was found by deputies Friday night in a holding cell in the jail's booking area. The weapon was unloaded.

Pozen tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the arresting officer failed to find the pistol at the time of the arrest, and a deputy didn't locate it when performing a frisk search.

The incident marks the third security lapse at the jail this year.

In January, a man got into a secure area of the jail by telling a deputy he was a former police officer and had the sheriff's permission to observe bond hearings.

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