Drugs seized at Riverview Correctional Facility

News release

Female Arrested Attempting to Smuggle Drugs to Inmate   

OGDENSBURG, NY – Staff at Riverview Correctional Facility seized drugs at the prison last week when a woman who was at the facility to visit an inmate surrender drugs to investigators.

In addition,  officers discovered drugs hidden inside a loaf of bread mailed to an inmate.

On Friday, June 10, an officer processing a package mailed to an inmate from Buffalo discovered 31 grams of a green leafy substance inside the package.  The drugs were wrapped in cellophane and hidden inside a loaf of bread that was hollowed out.

The drugs were seized as evidence.

The following day,  a female who was at the facility to visit an inmate, surrendered a balloon that she had hidden inside her shirt. A K-9 at the facility alerted to the female and she was questioned by staff. During questioning,  she admitted to staff she had drugs on her.  She voluntarily surrendered the balloon which contained a concentrated form of marijuana.

State police were notified and responded to the facility and transported the female to the State Police barracks for processing. She was processed and issued an appearance ticket.

“While there has been a tremendous focus on the increased violence against staff in our correctional facilities,  it can’t be overlooked that contraband continues to be a significant problem as well.  We have long advocated for the Secure Vendor Program to be reinstalled to help curb the amount of contraband that gets inside the prison walls.  And while it won’t eliminate every piece of contraband, it will go a long way to making the environment safer for staff.” – stated John Roberts , NYSCOPBA Northern Region Vice President.