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Missouri deputies place Mexican Mafia gang member on lockdown after finding contraband in jail cell

September 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Missouri deputies place Mexican Mafia gang member on lockdown after finding contraband in jail cell

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A purported member of the Mexican Mafia, Rene Esparza, has been charged in Missouri with possessing a weapon after deputies noticed a makeshift weapon in the man’s jail cell.

On September 1st, a multi-country training class was learning how to do conduct contraband cell searches at the Pettis County Jail, ABC17 reported.

Officials said during an initial inspection of one of the cells, officers did not discover contraband.

However, a secondary search was conducted, and a deputy noticed a table of the cell that had been overlooked during the original search.

Jail officials said one officer examined the items on the table and discovered a pink and white toothbrush that had been shaved down to a point and could have been used as a weapon, which is considered contraband in the jail.

Deputies said the inmates, Antonio Hurst and Esparza lived in the cell and were both placed on lockdown until a further investigation was completed.

Esparza, an alleged Mexican Mafia gang member out of Houston, was arrested for a home invasion in Sedalia, Missouri in August.

He has since remained in custody on $250,000 bond.

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