The union representing corrections officers across New York State say they have seen an uptick in the number of attempts at smuggling contraband into prisons.
One of those attempts even included a person hiding drugs inside a head of lettuce at the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus.
A latex glove fingertip was found inside the lettuce. That latex glove had drugs inside it.
Tests showed two ounces of synthetic marijuana, as well as 15 grams of cocaine powder, and 43 other assorted prescription pills.
While an investigation is underway – safety remains top priority for corrections officers and inmates.
“With inmate visits suspended during this pandemic, more and more contraband is coming in through mailed packages,” said Mark Deburgomaster, NYSCOPBA western region vice president. “Staff has done an excellent job seizing drugs concealed in packages mailed to inmates. The reality is, drugs are still getting into the hands of inmates through the mail.”
NYSCOPBA is requesting a ‘secured vendor program’, which they say, would cut down on the amount of smuggled items. It would require that those sending things to inmates come from a verified source.