Gun Found In Frozen Meat: Loaded .38 Found In New Mexico Grocery Store

By iScienceTimes Staff on December 7, 2012 3:47 PM EST

Rock Island Armory .38 Super Semi-Auto
This is the gun found in frozen meat inside a New Mexico grocery store. Authorities have no leads on the owner, or on the reason it ended up in the box. (Photo: Roswell Police Department)

Roswell, New Mexico knows all about weird news. And the latest headlines are among the weirdest in the town's storied history.

An employee at an Albertson's grocery store reported a gun found in frozen meat to police. The frozen ribs came from a Swift Packing Plant in Greeley, Colo. The gun found in the frozen meat was a Rock Island Armory .38 super semi auto handgun and had seven rounds of ammunition next to it. The unidentified employee turned the weapon in to Roswell police.

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"The big cases of meat come in a box," Sabrina Morales, Roswell Police Department public relations liaison, told NBC news. "When he opened it, he saw the firearm. It wasn't packaged inside with the meat, but it was in the same box." 

The employee wiped off the gun found in frozen meat after removing it, making fingerprint identification more difficult for authorities.

"If we would have been notified while it was still in the box and no one would have touched it, there could have possibly been some forensic evidence that we could have actually looked into," Sgt. Jim Preston of the Roswell Police Department told KRQE. ""It could have been someone just dropped it there, or it could have been something that someone put it there trying to hide it for 100 different reasons."

Compounding the mystery of the gun found in frozen meat is the age of the meat it was shipped with. The frozen ribs in the box were packaged on June 8, 2011. This makes it harder for police to verify who could have had access to the box.

Police in Greeley told KRQE that their gang unit is looking into criminal activity from that time period to try and develop a lead on who had the gun and what, if anything, it might have been used for.

The upside to the age of the gun found in frozen meat is that if it were stolen there would be a report on it by now. Preston said there is no indication that the gun was stolen. The gun found in frozen meat has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database, and a federal firearms trace through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will track the serial number to the location where the gun was sold. That process could take weeks, however.

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