A corrections officer at Mohawk Correctional Facility discovered strips of drugs hidden in cigarette packages mailed to the prison that’s commonly used for aiding in heroin withdrawal last month.
An officer processing mailed packages at about 4:45 p.m. June 4, noticed something wrong with the tax stamp on several packages of cigarettes that led her to discover several bundles of suboxone strips hidden inside the cigarette box flap at the medium security facility, said Scott Carpenter, Central Region vice-president of the New York State
Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc.
The officer noticed the ink on a tax stamp rub off on her fingers. While inspecting it, she found that a number of cigarette boxes had the same tax stamp number, Carpenter explained.
Looking further, she saw something concealed in the flap of the cigarette box.
The cigarettes, which were mailed to an inmate, were inspected further and investigators found 100 strips hidden in the flaps of several boxes, Carpenter said. The drugs were then taken as evidence.
The cigarettes were mailed from a home in Queens, N.Y.
“I have to commend the officer who made the illegal drug discovery. If it wasn’t for her alert action those drugs may have made their way into the hands of inmates inside the prison,” said Carpenter. “This is another reason why a Secure Vendor Program is needed in each facility. It would significantly decrease the amount of contraband that makes its way into facilities.”
“There is simply no legitimate reason to not have a vendor program that will be secure and create a safer work environment for our members,” he added.
The investigation continues.