Visitor arrested at local prison after heroin prompts hazmat response

47-year-old Christine Robinson of Jamestown (Photo provided by New York State Police)

A western New York woman is facing charges after she allegedly brought heroin into a local correctional facility and prompted a hazmat response from several emergency crews.

Posted: May. 21, 2018 11:06 AM

ROME – A western New York woman is facing charges after she allegedly brought heroin into a local correctional facility and prompted a hazmat response from several emergency crews.

On Sunday, May 20, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision requested assistance for a possible hazmat incident at Mohawk Correctional Facility, located on State Route 26 in Rome, according to New York State Police.

Police say while an investigator at the prison was processing contraband, which was a gray powdery substance, he began to feel lightheaded. AmCare Ambulance was called at 1:07 p.m., according to the Oneida County 911 Center, and the investigator was transported to Rome Memorial Hospital for evaluation, then released.

The Rome and Utica fire departments were also called to assist at the correctional facility, along with the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team. The CCSERT team determined the substance was heroin and 47-year-old Christine Robinson of Jamestown was arrested.

Robinson is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting prison contraband for possessing heroin in a correctional facility.

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