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Cayuga prison officer smuggled drugs: Charged with official misconduct, bribe receiving, and promoting prison contraband

State officials say a correction officer at the Cayuga Correctional Facility has been arrested for smuggling drugs and other contraband into the prison there.

In a press release, Acting DOCCS Commissioner Daniel Martuscello said Timothy Paoff was arrested for smuggling drugs and a cellphone into the Cayuga prison.

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“CO Paoff was subjected to an Office of Special Investigations K9 search and subsequent physical search,” Martuscello said. “Six large bundles of marijuana were recovered from his personal property.”

He’s been charged with official misconduct, bribe receiving, and promoting prison contraband. Officials said additional charges are possible.

Martuscello emphasized that illegal activity by anyone in a DOCCS facility or office will not be tolerated.

Paoff had already resigned effective January 11, 2024.