ATTICA – Corrections officers union officials are renewing their call for a Secure Vendor Program after more drugs were found at Attica Correctional Facility.

Officers, on Feb. 2, noticed an odor of marijuana coming from three packs of Newport cigarettes, said Mark Deburgomaster, vice president of Western Region NYS Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

The officers saw that the foil lining in the packs had been tampered with and discovered 53 grams of marijuana and six strips of Suboxone inside the cigarette packs.

The drugs were mailed from a location in Rochester.

It was just the latest incident of drugs being mailed to prisoners inside packages. The union has reported numerous instances of drugs inside food containers and has pressed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restart a Secured Vendor Program, which would allow people to order food and other items and have them shipped from a secure site.

“The trend of drugs that come in through the mail to inmates continues to be a serious concern for our membership and their safety.” Deburgomaster said. “Many of the drugs seized can cause inmates to be very violent and uncontrollable. This isn’t an isolated incident, it is occurring in prisons across the state. We have consistently called on DOCCS to install the Secure Vendor Program and our voice will continue to be loud and clear until they do.”

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