Loaded semi-automatic handgun, ammo found in frozen meat packed at the Swift plant in Greeley

Albertson's worker says gun was in box of ribs

GREELEY, Colo. - A loaded semi-automatic handgun was found in frozen meat packaged in Greeley, police in New Mexico told 7NEWS Friday.

The Rock Island Armory .38-caliber Super, along with ammo,  was found Wednesday afternoon by an Albertsons employee in Roswell, New Mexico. It was inside a case of frozen ribs.

"I have personally never heard of this in 13 years," said Sgt. Jim Preston of the Roswell Police Department.

"We could speculate on a lot of things. I mean it could have been someone just dropped it there or it could have been something that someone put in there trying to hide it for 100 different reasons," he continued.

According to the Roswell police, the meat came from the Swift Packing Plant in Greeley, Colo. and was packaged on June 8,  2011.

Swift spokeswoman Margaret McDonald said the company is cooperating with law enforcement and their investigation is ongoing.

Preston said the gun was touched after it was found, limiting the evidentiary value. It was not reported stolen, but police will try to trace the weapon.

"If we would have been notified while it was still in the box and no one would have touched it, there could have possibly been some forensic evidence that we could have actually looked into," he said.