$22,000 of Drugs Smuggled Into Rikers Island

Getting drugs is a seemingly easy task if you really want to find them on the streets, but who knew that receiving drugs and alcohol in prison was just as easy?

In New York, the Department of Investigation sent an undercover into Rikers Island Prison posing as a correctional officer with drugs and alcohol. While many probably think the undercover was immediately apprehended, he was not. He successfully made it into the prison with contraband that included:

  • 250 bags of heroin
  • 24 packed strips of suboxone
  • ½ pound of marijuana
  • 16 ounces of vodka
  • Razor blade

That is a whole lot of contraband to sneak into a state correctional facility and to think all of that could have been dispersed to inmates within the prison too. This investigation proved how easy it is for inmates inside of prison to get their hands on illegal drugs, as well as weapons.

Many of these inmates inside of Rikers Island Prison are there for violent crimes or drug charges, so is the prison system really working to “rehabilitate” these individuals or helping them continue on a criminal path while behind bars? It appears to be aiding them in continuing their criminal lives, but the city is not going to stand for that.

Due to the investigation, there will be a slew of new regulations to help stop contraband from entering the correctional facility. Some of these regulations include:

  • Using drug dogs at entrances
  • X-rays of items brought it
  • More security staff

Basically, the city wants to start moving towards security measures that TSA follows at all US airports. While some of these regulations have already begun to be put into place, the rest of the regulations will follow very soon.

The undercover that was posing as a correctional officer was able to smuggle in all of the contraband in the pockets of his pants and the water bottle of vodka in his hand. There are six check points this undercover had to go through to enter the prison and he was let through at every single check point with drugs, alcohol and weapons. This is obviously unacceptable, but authorities are doing everything possible to change the procedures followed at the prison.

If this phony correctional officer was an actual employee of the Department of Corrections, he would have made approximately $3,600 in carrying fees just for bringing the contraband into the facility. That’s a nice chunk of change for someone working as a correctional officer, but the really money is made by the inmates. Once an inmate had this contraband, they would have made about $22,000 selling the items to other inmates. Obviously, selling drugs and weapons in prison is a large pay-off for those willing to take the risks involved and leaves these inmates addicted to drugs while under the state’s care.

We are happy authorities are doing everything they can to strengthen security and ensure no more contraband enters the state’s correctional facility. By implementing new regulations, it allows safety for the inmates. Also, it helps the inmates actually have time to think about their transgressions to hopefully come back into society as productive citizens and not criminals.

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