Federal prosecutors on Wednesday introduced costs towards seven correction officers, accusing them and two different correction staff of taking 1000’s of in bribes to smuggle razor blades, medication and different contraband to inmates inside New York City’s jails.
Prosecutors stated one officer took greater than $6,000 to covertly convey scalpels, cellphones and smokable K2 artificial marijuana into the Manhattan Detention Complex, a facility identified colloquially because the Tombs.
They stated a counselor was accused of accepting over $40,000 in bribes to smuggle K2 and different contraband into the Otis Bantum Correctional Center on Rikers Island.
The 9 defendants, present and former staff of the division, have been arrested and have been anticipated to be offered earlier than federal Justice of the Peace judges in New York and elsewhere, the federal government stated.
Margaret Garnett, the commissioner of the town’s investigations division, stated the crimes mirrored the “pernicious and damaging impact of corruption.”
“Correction officers and staff should protect the integrity of the jails, not promote lawlessness and violence,” Ms. Garnett stated.
A spokesman for the correction division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.