A supermarket employee in Roswell, N.M., found a unexpected item in a case of frozen meat this week: a loaded handgun.
The Albertsons worker was unwrapping the meat, which had been shipped from a packing plant in Colorado, when he discovered the firearm, along with seven rounds of ammunition, on Wednesday.
"The big cases of meat come in a box," Sabrina Morales, Roswell Police Department public relations liaison, said. "When he opened it, he saw the firearm. It wasn't packaged inside with the meat, but it was in the same box."
The man brought the Rock Island Armory .38 super semi auto handgun, along with the ammo, into the Roswell Police Department at about 2 p.m. that afternoon, she said.
Where the gun came from is a complete mystery to police. It was entered into the National Crime Information Center database, but no reports of it being stolen came up.
The supermarket employee wiped it clean before turning it in, making it difficult for police to track whether there were any identifying fingerprints.
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