MARCY – Two downstate women are facing charges after they allegedly brought drugs into Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, according to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.
NYSCOPBA officials say the two women were at the medium-security prison on March 31 to visit separate inmates, and they were questioned by prison security after a K9 alerted to them for drugs.
The first arrest occurred at 9:50 a.m. March 31 after investigators recovered 64.5 grams of synthetic marijuana, or K2, that the woman had hidden in her shirt.
The second arrest was about 10 minutes later, when the visitor surrendered two packages containing 35.3 grams of K2 and 130 slips of prescription Suboxone celluloid strips, according to NYSCOPBA.
The two women were each charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, second-degree reckless endangerment and Section 229 of the Public Health Law. They were both arraigned in Marcy Town Court and sent to the Oneida County Jail.
“Preventing illegal drugs from entering our facilities is a constant struggle,” said Scott Carpenter, Central Region vice president for NYSCOPBA, in a news release. “K9s are extremely effective in detecting drugs being brought in by visitors. They not only serve as a deterrent buy, when they are deployed, lead us to contraband on a regular basis. These latest arrests serve as a reminder that DOCCS must continue to strengthen its security measures in order to further deter attempts to smuggle contraband into prisons.”