Mohawk Correctional Facility visitor tries to smuggle ecstasy in Tic Tac box

A local K-9 caught a man trying to smuggle drugs into Mohawk Correctional Facility on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 1:07 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2019 1:07 PM

ROME – A local K-9 caught a man trying to smuggle drugs into Mohawk Correctional Facility on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

The officer and his K-9 were at the facility to inspect the visitor area. The dog drew attention to a backpack belonging to a Brooklyn man there to visit an inmate. After searching the backpack, the officer found one yellow pill inside a Tic Tac box. The pill tested positive for ecstasy, and the man was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

“Staff assaults and contraband continue to be serious problem in our correctional facilities. Visitors on a daily basis attempt to bring drugs into the prisons for inmates despite the best efforts of staff. Members are still being attacked with no real ramifications for the inmates. All of this will continue until the administration recognizes that changes are necessary to protect staff and eliminate the drugs from getting inside,” said Scott Carpenter, regional vice president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

In an effort to combat these types of incidents, Oneida County will be investing in a full-time detection dog to find contraband during inmate visits.

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