‘Synthetic marijuana’ found in head of cabbage mailed to Ogdensburg inmate
OGDENSBURG -- Officers at Riverview Correctional Facility report discovering “synthetic marijuana” last week concealed inside of a head of cabbage in a package mailed to an inmate.
The officers at the medium-security prison found the contraband at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 while x-raying incoming packages, according to a press release from the officers’ union, the New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association, NYSCOPBA.The officer inspecting the package noticed irregularities in the x-ray and opened the package.
A rectangular hole had been cut in the cabbage and two clear plastic bags containing 13 grams of the synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, had been placed inside, the report said.
The drugs were placed in evidence. The inmate, whose name is not being released, is serving three to six years for convictions on charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.
The investigation is ongoing, officials said.
“This recent seizure certainly serves as an example of how dangerous contraband continues to make its way into our state prisons,” said John Roberts, NYSCOPBA Northern Region Vice President.
“The ongoing problem of contraband being mailed to prisons or being brought in by visitors highlights the need for serious policy changes on how inmates receive items from outside of the facilities,” Roberts said.
“The officer who discovered the drugs did a great job picking up on irregularities in the package that led him to make the discovery. The contraband problem continues to be a recurring theme that needs to be addressed,” said Roberts in the statement.