Website Claims: “Gang Member Dies in Prison After Smuggling M-16 in His Anus”

Fact Test - False

The claim(s):

On the July 11, 2017, a widely-shared post was made on the World News Daily Report website entitled: “Gang member dies in prison after smuggling M-16 in his anus.”

The article made the following claims:

“A Latino gang member who tried to smuggle drugs and an M-16 into prison after he was arrested this week has died of his injuries reports the Los Angeles Chronicle.

The man that is believed to be part of the notorious El Salvador-based MS-13 crime organization, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, has died from internal bleeding after he told the medical staff at the California State Prison of Los Angeles County (LAC) he had tried to smuggle the barrel of an M-16 inside his rectum.”

The truth:

The story has been reported as being a hoax.

There are two grounds for debunking the story; the first is that the image used appears to have been taken from a Google search, and when the image is traced back to its source, it is actually from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, which is the wrong location. In addition to this, the dimensions of an M-16 rifle make the story unlikely given that the barrel alone has a length of 20 inches.

The website itself also clearly states that it is a parody site:

“WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.”

It is on this basis that the claim is rated false.

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