During a sweep of the high-security wing of County Jail, deputies discovered that inmate Jose Angel Juarez had swallowed a handcuff key. Lt. Craig Wilson said Juarez set off the metal detector during a walkthrough screening.

At first, deputies weren't sure what set off the metal detector, but they knew it was in Juarez's midsection, so he was taken for an X-ray. A 1 1/2-inch handcuff key could be seen in Juarez's belly.

"It's our belief that the inmate would be using this to escape from custody," Wilson said.

Deputies waited for the key to eventually emerge.

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