Contraband caught at state department


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Updated: 9/17/2013 8:41 pm Published: 9/17/2013 5:44 pm


More than 8,000 items confiscated at the state department in downtown Tulsa range from scalpels to Samurai swords. 

"The contraband is collected, stored, inventoried and then sent for destruction," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain George Brown. 

Records dating back to July 2006 revealed 754 firearm and 945 drug or liquor confiscations. There were also more than 6,000 sharp or edged tools found on the premises. 

Brown said the complex has X-ray machines and metal detectors that catch people bringing banned items into the building, but other collections he makes are elsewhere on the property. 

"People try to come in, they see the checkpoint, it deters them, so they go back out into the parking lot," he said. 

Some items he confiscates are not only prohibited on the property of the complex, but are illegal to possess. 

"By Oklahoma state statute illegal to have. I have everything from a samurai sword to firearms from people who are not licensed to carry," Brown said. "If we determine that there's been violations of state law we always have the opportunity to file a state charge against somebody."

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Unwashed Mass - 9/18/2013 9:04 PM
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Who walks up to a security checkpoint with a samurai sword or a baseball bat? No one. Someone missed the story. Also, this is not the "State Department."
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