A Muslim chaplain for the city Department of Correction was arrested this morning for allegedly trying to smuggle in three box-cutters to a lower Manhattan jail.Pretty stupid or damn dangerous on his part. Doesn't he realize box cutters were used on 9/11? Or does he?
Several sources said [Imam Zul-Qarnain] Shahid was caught this morning attempting to bring three box-cutters into the jail known as the Tombs during a visit there. It was not known why he was visiting the jail.
Apparently the above story is incorrect according to this:
NEW YORK (AP) - The attorney of a jails chaplain charged with trying to smuggle three razor blades and a pair of scissors into a lockup said Wednesday there's "absolutely no reason to believe" his client knew the items were in his bag.Sure he didn't know it was in his bag.....sheesh
Imam Zul-Qarnain Abdu-Shahid, 58, of Staten Island, was arrested Wednesday at the Manhattan Detention Complex on several charges, including four counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a felony. Hours later, he made his initial court appearance on the charges but did not enter a plea. He was being held on $50,000 bond or $30,000 cash
James M. McQueeney, his defense attorney, said there was no evidence to believe that his client knew that the items were in his bag when he went to work earlier that day.
"He has the lifestyle of a very stable person," said McQueeney, adding that his client had a wife and three children.
The Department of Investigation said in a statement that Abdu-Shahid was arrested while entering the jailhouse, known as the Tombs, when a duffel bag he had brought with him triggered an alarm from the X-ray machine. An officer discovered the contraband inside the bag and Abdu-Shahid was taken into custody wearing long, blue robes and a Muslim skullcap, the DOI said