Woman tries to smuggle drugs, scalpel into N.Y. prison in tampon
By Leigh Hornbeck, Staff Writer
COMSTOCK - A Connecticut woman faces felony charges after she allegedly tried to smuggle drugs and a scalpel into Great Meadow state prison in a tampon, authorities said Tuesday. Cassandra D. Jones, 42, of 100 Cold Springs Road, Rocky Hill, Conn., was visiting an inmate whose name was not released, according to Linda Foglia, a state Department of Corrections spokeswoman.
"It is extremely challenging to stop the flow of drugs into our prisons, but our goal is to keep prisons safe," Foglia said.
Foglia said 750 people visit Great Meadow annually and 600,000 packages are sent to prisoners inside.
Jones allegedly put inside the tampon 2.5 grams of heroin, 10 capsules of Kadian - morphine - and the scalpel, state troopers said. Staff at the prison pulled her out of the visitors' line Saturday morning, acting on information Jones would try to smuggle the contraband.
Jones was charged with two felonies: third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and introduction of dangerous contraband into a prison. She was also charged with a misdemeanor conspiracy count.
Jones was arrested by State Police, arraigned in front of a Fort Ann town justice and jailed for want of $50,000 cash bail. Jones is due back in court today.
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