Breach of security at Albuquerque Sunport
Posted at: 09/18/2012 6:44 PM
| Updated at: 09/18/2012 10:12 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A breach of security at the Albuquerque Sunport; agents caught the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security trying to bring a loaded gun through the security checkpoint last Friday.
According to the police report, TSA agents spotted the gun as Anita Tallarico's purse passed through the scanner.
The report explains, Tallarico told TSA officials she simply forgot to leave her gun at home, adding she was distraught because she was on her way to a funeral.
She was cited for unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon.
Sunport Chief of Police Marshall Katz said he is not sure how a slip-up could happen with the second in command of the state's homeland security, but that people trying to get weapons or any other restricted items through security is not all that uncommon.
"That is an opinion I probably cannot address, what I can say, however, episodes like this happen on a regular basis nationwide, not just in Albuquerque," Katz said. "Should they happen, no, but they do."
According to the report, Tallarico asked security officers if she could take the gun out to her car. Instead, it was turned over to the Albuquerque Police Department as evidence.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 has posted the complete police report below.