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Gun found in inmate's hair weave at Wake County jail

Posted October 23, 2014

Tiffanie Lizette Bass
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— A woman arrested during a raid on a downtown Raleigh nightclub faces additional charges after authorities at the Wake County Detention Center found a gun in her hair weave after her arrest.

Tiffanie Lizette Bass, 32, of 408 S. Broad St., was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor offenses of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting a public officer.

According to an arrest warrant, Bass was being processed at the jail when it was discovered she had a .38-caliber handgun.

It was unclear why the gun wasn't found before Bass arrived at the jail.

Laura Hourigan, a spokeswoman for the Raleigh Police Department, said the department is looking at whether proper procedures were followed when Bass was arrested and whether its policy on searches needs to be evaluated.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison, who oversees the jail, declined to comment on the arrest but said deputies noticed Bass walking out of a bathroom with her head leaning to one side.

Deputies searched her and found the gun before she ever made it to the jail's processing center.

She was initially arrested Tuesday during a raid of Club Rumors, at 416 W. South St., by the Alcohol Law Enforcement branch of the State Bureau of Investigation.

Raleigh police officers, Hourigan said, were assisting in the case, in which Bass was also charged with possession of a stolen firearm. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for a worthless check violation.


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  • givemeabr8 Oct 24, 2014

    Why haven't they stated who the officer(s) was/were that failed to properly search her? Raleigh Police &/or ALE

  • Rod Runner Oct 24, 2014
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    Uh, they found the gun in her hair at the jail. So yes, they did a thorough search at the jail like they're supposed to.

  • btneast Oct 24, 2014

    This is why the jail does a thorough/strip search.

    Obviously they did not, because they found the loaded gun on her much later

    You would be wrong! The gun was discovered at the in processing before she ever entered the jail. RPD failed to discover it prior to bringing her in.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 24, 2014

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    Now that's very punny

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 24, 2014

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    That was great!

    But you know a loaded airweight isn't all that light even with just five.

  • IRISH281 Oct 24, 2014

    The new search policy should include a discount double check.

  • raleighboy524 Oct 24, 2014

    Needless to say, all those responsible for frisking inmates who didn't find the gun should immediately be fired. Someone could have been killed, and this isn't entirely a laughing matter -- though I have to admit it's pretty funny.

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 24, 2014

    Brilliant place to hide a firearm! But she should have left it in the bathroom. I wonder if it was an airweight revolver?

    "Just betting she doesn't have a Conceal Carry Permit either........" - slowhand0461

    Considering it was in her hair, perhaps she had a Conceal Carry Permanent. :)

  • slowhand0461 Oct 24, 2014

    Just betting she doesn't have a Conceal Carry Permit either........

  • pissedmoments Oct 24, 2014

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    i see what you did thair :D