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Long-rumored gun found behind Pontiac prison wall

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 2:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013 2:31 p.m. CDT

PONTIAC (AP) — Rumors have persisted for years that a gun was smuggled into Pontiac Correctional Center. But no one found it until prison workers cut open a wall.

Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer said Monday that the handgun was found Thursday based on a tip. The gun was found behind a wall covered in mortar and debris. Shaer says no ammunition was found and the weapon was in a spot where it couldn't be reached by hand.

Shaer says the gun is believed to have been smuggled in by someone visiting an inmate in 1996. Tips and rumors about it have become almost an urban legend.

Shaer says searches, metal detectors and other safeguards would make it far more difficult to get a gun into the prison now.

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