Weapon discovered on inmate at Polk County Jail

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DES MOINES — An inmate is accused of having a weapon inside the Polk County Jail.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old John Hansen was taken to the jail on New Year’s Day by Des Moines police on a third-degree harassment charge.

During an initial search, they found a handgun in Hansen’s waistband.

The sheriff’s office says the handgun was taken and the Des Moines Police Department then charged him with Introduction/Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility.

Security measures were successfully followed, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

There were no injuries.

Hansen has since been released from jail.

A similar incident happened in November 2019, when Wyatt Franklin was arrested for allegedly operating a car while intoxicated.

Lieutenant Heath Osberg with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the gun was found after Franklin had a medical emergency and was taken to the hospital.

Stay with Local 5 as we follow this developing story.

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