Cops: Suspect Had Handgun Inside His Body

Pistol found during strip search at Indiana lockup

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Indiana Concealed Carry

NOVEMBER 27--An ex-con with a lengthy rap sheet who is prohibited from carrying a handgun had a Smith & Wesson pistol stashed in his rectum when he was booked into jail early this morning, according to an Indiana police report.

Christopher Boyd, 32, was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over around 2 AM for an obstructed license plate. The driver and a second passenger were eventually released after being searched by Evansville cops.

A pat down of Boyd, however, turned up “a small bag with multiple pills” in his right sock. Boyd reportedly said he got the narcotics from his “Aunt Trish” and believed the pills to be Percocet. He used the painkiller, Boyd said, “because he has a bullet lodged in his spine.”

Before being placed in a cruiser, Boyd (seen at right) was searched, though he claimed to be unable to spread his legs very far due to his spine injury. “While searching in Boyd’s groin area, Boyd tensed up,” a cop noted, adding that he asked the suspect if he had “anything stuffed in his groin or buttocks.”

“Boyd stated that he did not,” police reported.

Upon arriving at the county jail, Boyd “was now walking with a limp and appeared to be clenching his buttocks when he walked.” Boyd was then placed through a body scanner which detected a “large object” in his groin region. A strip search located two plastic bags containing marijuana “tucked next to Boyd’s scrotum.”

Police then sought to remove an unknown item from Boyd’s rectum. While Boyd continued to clench his buttocks, a cop “was able to see that the object Boyd had in his rectum was a handgun.” The weapon was subsequently removed from inside Boyd and secured in a patrol car.

The report does not indicate whether the gun was loaded.

The confiscated pistol was a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard, a .380 caliber weapon that weighs around 12 ounces and is about five inches long. With its “micro” frame size, the pistol is “lightweight, and simple to use” and is “perfectly suited for concealed carry,” according to the manufacturer’s website.

A police check of Boyd’s criminal history revealed his prior convictions for attempted murder, burglary, and domestic battery. He is the subject of an active protective order and has been classified as a “Serious Violent Felon and Domestic Batterer,” which bars him from possessing a handgun, cops reported.

Charged with an assortment of felony drug, gun, and trafficking charges, Boyd was booked into the Vanderburgh County jail, where he is being held without bond. (3 pages)