Muslim Chaplain Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Smuggle Razor Blades Into NYC Jail

Authorities say a New York jails chaplain has been charged with trying to smuggle three razor blades and a pair of scissors into a facility.

The Department of Investigation says 58-year-old Imam Zul-Qarnain Shahid was arrested at the Manhattan Detention Complex on Wednesday.

The department says Shahid was arrested on several charges, including four counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a felony.

Officials say Shahid was arrested while entering the jailhouse when a bag he had brought with him triggered an alarm from the X-ray machine. Authorities discovered razor blades and scissors inside the bag.

No phone number was listed for Shahid at his Staten Island residence. It wasn't known whether he had an attorney.

A spokesman for the city Department of Correction had no comment.