NYSCOPBA: Officers injured, drugs found in Pop Tarts at Mid-State all in same day

Three correctional officers were treated for minor injuries after an altercation with an inmate at Mid-State Correctional Facility on May 13.

Posted: May 18, 2020 5:06 PM
Updated: May 18, 2020 6:27 PM

MARCY, N.Y. – Three correctional officers were treated for minor injuries after an altercation with an inmate at Mid-State Correctional Facility on May 13.

The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association says an officer approached an inmate’s cell after smelling smoke in a facility dorm. The inmate began to threaten the officer, who then backed up and tripped, falling to the floor. When the officer fell, the inmate jumped on top of him, according to NYSCOPBA. Two more officers came to help, and the three were able to restrain the inmate.

One officer was taken to the hospital for treatment, and the other two were treated at the facility. None of the injuries were serious, and all of the officers were able to return to duty.

The 27-year-old inmate is serving a three-year sentence for attempted robbery.

The same day this incident took place, officers found synthetic marijuana and Suboxone in a package of Pop Tarts mailed to the facility.

An officer noticed something suspicious in the box of Pop Tarts, and upon further investigation, found 57 grams of synthetic pot inside the packages. The packages also contained 11 strips of Suboxone, which is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction.

Officials say the package was sent to an inmate from someone in the Capital Region.

The day prior on May 12, strips of Suboxone were also found in mail sent to Marcy Correctional Facility. Officers found 20 strips hidden inside food mix, and more than 100 strips of the medication glued in between pieces of paper in an envelope mailed to an inmate.

The package was mailed from the Rochester area.

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