More illegal drugs seized at area prisons

Mark Gutman/Daily News Attica Correctional Facility

ATTICA — Drugs were found in a package of fruit snacks sent to an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility Thursday, union officials said.

An officer was processing packaged mail to an inmate about 2 p.m. when he noticed an “abnormality in one of 15 small fruit snack packages,” said Mark Deburgomaster, vice president of Western Region of the state correctional officers union.

The officer opened the package and found a green, leafy substance. The other packages were opened and they all contained green leafy substances and 10 orange strips wrapped in cellophane.

Staff tested the substances and they tested positive for synthetic marijuana and Suboxone. The synthetic marijuana weighed 28 grams.

The drugs were mailed from a location in Rochester.

“This is the second facility in our western region where drugs were discovered in mailed packages in the past week,” Deburgomaster said. “Attempting to mail drugs to an inmate, especially during this crisis, is incomprehensible and it puts staff at risk that have to process these potentially contaminated packages. Anyone mailing contraband to an inmate should be held criminally responsible.”

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