MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) -- Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says an investigation is under way to find out how an inmate at the county jail obtained a handgun.
The weapon was found on the inmate Thursday, prompting a search of an entire cell block.
The Meridian Star reports 31-year-old Anthony Duane Talley Jr. of Meridian, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of contraband.
Sollie said that Talley was being held by himself in a single cell Thursday when he began some type of disturbance. Correctional officers found the handgun after they took Talley out of his cell and searched him.
Sollie said the .380 caliber semi-automatic was not loaded and a search of the cell block failed to turn up bullets or a clip.