MARCY, N.Y. – Correctional officers have seized cocaine, methamphetamines, synthetic marijuana and Suboxone at two local prisons over the past three days.
According to the officers’ union, the drugs were found inside food mailed to inmates at Mid-State and Mohawk correctional facilities.
On March 16, officers found synthetic marijuana known as K2, methamphetamines and cocaine inside sausages mailed from Brooklyn. According to the union, officers X-rayed the package and said three of the sausages appeared to have been sliced open and then glued back together. Officers opened the sausages and found the drugs inside.
Then on March 17, officers found Suboxone strips, which are used to treat opioid addiction, and synthetic marijuana in a pack of snack cakes sent from Rochester. The officers noticed abnormalities in the sealed packages of snack cakes, and opened them to find plastic baggies filled with the drugs.
Synthetic marijuana was also found in two separate packages sent to Mohawk Correctional Facility on March 19.
The union says the drugs had been dried into 16 pages of paper sent in an envelope from Albany, and stuffed inside two packs of cigarettes send from New Jersey.
All of the drugs in these instances were seized by the officers.
The union continues to urge the state to reinstall the secure vendor program, which reduce the risk of contraband making its way into the facilities.