Synthetic marijuana found, inmate charged at Gouverneur Correctional Facility
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:31 pm

GOUVERNEUR – Officers conducting random searches recently at the medium security Gouverneur Correctional Facility recovered synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2, and Suboxone during two separate incidents, said a press release from the New York State Corrections Officers & Police Benevolent Association Inc.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, at approximately 9:15 p.m., an officer was conducting a random search of one of the bathrooms in a housing unit, the press release said. The officer witnessed an inmate smoking in one of the bathroom stalls and ordered the inmate out. During the search, the officer discovered two bundles wrapped in cellophane. Inside the bundles were 69 orange strips that tested positive for Suboxone.

The inmate, 40 years old, was placed in a Special Housing Unit, said the press release. He is serving a one-year sentence after being convicted in Schenectady County for fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, at approximately 7:35 a.m., an officer developed information that two inmates were carrying contraband drugs on them.

Both inmates were removed from their cells so a search could be conducted. Both inmates were pat frisked and officers located synthetic marijuana hidden inside their pants. One inmate voluntarily removed the drugs from his pants and turned it over to officers.

The second inmate, during the pat frisk, took the drugs, which were wrapped in cellophane, and put them in his mouth, said the press release. Several officers were needed to subdue the inmate and get him under control as he refused orders to spit out the drugs. After a brief struggle, the inmate complied with orders and spit out the drugs to the floor.

The drugs were taken into evidence. All three inmates face disciplinary charges.