- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - A New York City man has been charged with bringing a loaded gun hidden in a shoebox into Connecticut’s detention facility for delinquent boys in an attempt to give it to a relative, state police and child welfare officials said Monday.

Jonathan Burgos, 30, of Brooklyn, was arrested Saturday at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown. State police said he tried to sneak in a loaded .380-caliber handgun to give to a detainee, but staff members found the gun in the shoebox during a routine security check.

Burgos was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit and unauthorized conveyance of a weapon into a correctional institution. He was detained on $50,000 bail.

Authorities didn’t release other details, including why the detainee would need or want a gun.

Burgos’ response to the allegations isn’t known. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

The state Department of Children and Families, which runs the training school, said in a statement that a family member of a youth at the facility tried to smuggle in a firearm, but staff members discovered it while following standard safety protocols.

“CJTS staff did outstanding work in maintaining safety for everyone at the facility including the youths and visiting families,” the statement said.

The 135-bed training school is the state’s only secure facility for boys who have been adjudicated as delinquent and committed to the custody of the Department of Children and Families.


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