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Pork group exec arrested by Capitol Police

President-elect of National Pork Producers Council arrested entering Congressional office building carrying 9 mm pistol.

Published on July 24, 2014 10:41AM

Last changed on July 24, 2014 11:20AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag.

U.S. Capitol Police say 59-year-old Ronald William Prestage of Camden, South Carolina, was arrested as he tried to enter the Cannon Building Wednesday morning. Prestage was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

The Washington Post (http://washingtonpost.com ) reports it was loaded, 9 mm Ruger.

Prestage is an executive of Prestage Farms, based in Clinton, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees.

He also is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, a lobbying group.

Telephone messages left Thursday with U.S. Capitol Police and Prestage Farms were not immediately returned.


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