MARCY – An Ilion woman is facing charges after she was allegedly found to be smuggling a balloon full of pills into Mid-State Correctional Facility.
According to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the Ilion woman was visiting an inmate at Mid-State around 9:40 a.m. May 6 when she was stopped at the Visitor Process Gate by investigators as part of an ongoing investigation. Officials say the woman surrendered brown plastic balloon from her pants with gabapentin pills inside, which is often found mixed with opioids.
The drugs were then taken for evidence and the woman was transported to New York State Police barracks in Marcy, where she was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband, according to NYSCOPBA.
“Preventing illegal drugs from entering our facilities is a constant struggle,” said Scott Carpenter, regional vice president for NYSCOPBA. “Visitors are getting caught almost on a weekly basis brazenly attempting to smuggle contraband to inmates. This latest arrest serves as a reminder that DOCCS must continue to strengthen its security measures to further deter attempts to smuggle contraband into prisons.”
Another woman was recently arrested at Mid-State Correctional Facility after she allegedly threw a chair at a correctional officer during a dispute at the prison. For more on that story, click here.