ROSWELL, New Mexico (KOB) -- Police in Roswell, New Mexico say an Albertson's grocery store employee reported a surprising find in a package of frozen meat they received from a distributor.
"While unpacking meat for Albertson's, they located this gun in the meat, in the actual packaged case," Sgt. Jim Preston said. "At that time they removed it from the store and brought it to the Roswell Police Department."
The employee cleaned the gun before bringing it into RPD, which made it difficult to trace as evidence.
"We are investigating where the actual firearm came from," Preston said. "It is not listed in NCIC as a stolen firearm, so we are going to do an actual firearm search through the ATF to attempt to determine where the firearm came from."
That search, done through the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, could take weeks or even months.