NEW: Police search for weapon outside prison

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers responded to Her Majesty’s Prison, Northward Saturday after it was reported that a visitor brought a gun into a prison checkpoint area.

RCIPS commanders confirmed officers had responded to the prison, but declined to discuss details immediately.

It is understood police arrested the individual, but that a weapon was not found because the suspect threw it into the bush surrounding the prison, which in Bodden Town district.

Police were still on scene Saturday afternoon searching for the weapon.

The checkpoint is the area where visitors go to drop off packages such as food items or belongings for prisoners.

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This story will be updated as we confirm more details.

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  1. Every incident shows that we need change. Why cant we do the right thing. We got the money to spend, just do the right thing. Before entering the prison compound there should be a magnetic post set up where by knives, guns and bombs can be detected. A full body search of persons and all items.
    Been there on visit and observed any dog or cat can walk in with a gun or bomb and blow up the visiting area with every one in it.
    The prison has let down its guard, that is for sure. Now it is time to trust no one, because. Too many incidents have happened there just because of non vigilant actions or it looks like we will need police presence on guard up there. .