Authorities: Jail inmate with gun in court arraigned
A jail inmate was arraigned Thursday on a three-count indictment on weapons charges stemming from the discovery of a semiautomatic handgun hidden in his crotch while he was in court, authorities said.
Akini Aluko-Watson, 21, of Wyandanch, was charged with two felonies -- second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a loaded handgun, and first-degree promoting prison contraband -- and a misdemeanor, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was represented by Legal Aid and was held Thursday night pending a $100,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail.
Aluko-Watson was arrested Oct. 18 on minor drug charges and had just been transferred by Suffolk police to the First District Court's detention facility when deputies discovered a 5.4-inch, .380-caliber Cobra in his pants, authorities said.
Usually, newly arrested suspects are searched at the scene, then at precinct booking and again just before being taken to court for arraignment. The suspects are searched by deputies as they come into the detention center.
The original complaint on his drug arrest indicates officers did search Aluko-Watson at the First Precinct in West Babylon and found a second bag of drugs.
According to the complaint, he was arrested in Wyandanch on South 20th Street after dropping a clear plastic bag and stepping on it as an officer approached him at 4 a.m. That bag contained cocaine and he was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, the complaint said.
At the precinct, Aluko-Watson was searched at about 4:30 a.m., and officers seized a clear bag of marijuana, the complaint said. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
Suffolk police have said they are investigating what happened while Aluko-Watson was their custody. A police spokesman Thursday declined to provide an update on the probe, saying the department's policy is not to comment after a suspect has been arraigned.