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Justice Center deputies find gun in woman's purse

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Snellville woman found out the hard way what most of us already know: Citizens cannot carry firearms - especially concealed ones - into government buildings.

Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies arrested 45-year-old Blanche Maxwell at about 10 a.m. Tuesday when she reportedly tried to sneak a loaded .380-caliber handgun into the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

The pistol was detected, authorities said, in Maxwell's purse as it went through the X-ray machine.

An individual accompanying Maxwell, Anel Gonzalez-Flores - aka Anel Fluentes - was also taken into custody for outstanding probation violation warrants.

It is unclear whether authorities believe Maxwell knew the pistol was in her purse. An e-mail sent to the sheriff's department was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Online court records do not show that either subject had a court hearing scheduled.

Maxwell is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a weapon to a public gathering and carrying a weapon without a permit.