May 07, 2007
Concealment alert: Search handhelds
Officer Fred Williams, Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice
If you find a suspect to be in possession of any electronic devices during an arrest, be aware that the interior of the device (battery compartments, accessible interior areas, memory card slots, etc.) should be searched for concealed contraband. A probationer recently related that he could conceal four packets of marijuana in the battery compartment of his handheld electronic gaming system, and that this technique had successfully evaded law enforcement detection during previous contacts.