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Auburn Correctional Facility

Auburn Correctional Facility

Corrections officers at Auburn Correctional Facility discovered drugs in packages mailed to an inmate at the prison on Wednesday. 

According to a press release from the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, officers found 11 grams of heroin sealed inside a can and approximately 196 grams of synthetic marijuana hidden in four other cans. The drugs were discovered during a routine search in the prison's package room and have been placed in evidence, according to the release. 

The drugs were sent to an inmate, whose name is not being released, that is serving 25 years to life for second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. 

"This recent seizure certainly serves as an example of how dangerous contraband continues to make its way into our state prisons," NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President Joe Miano said. "Since the Vendor Pilot Program was suspended, 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. Until those changes occur, this is going to be a recurring theme."

The vendor program restricted the types of packages that could be sent to inmates to items purchased from a list of approved vendors in an attempt to combat contraband being sent to prisoners through the mail.

The policy was launched by the state on Jan. 2 and then suspended 10 days later following outcry from family members of the incarcerated and criminal justice reform advocacy groups. The vendor program was only tested in three state prisons; ACF was not one of them. 

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