A Downstate man is accused of trying to sneak drugs into the Broome County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office Corrections Investigation Unit arrested 55-year-old Marcello McDonald of Queens after finding the accused robber in possession of marijuana, Benzodiazepine and Oxycodone pills, matches and strikers.

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Officials say they were booking McDonald into the correctional facility on Upper Front Street in the Town of Dickinson on July 5 as a CAP Detainee.  He was to be arraigned on a charge of Robbery in the First Degree. Corrections officials during the intake say they found the contraband items, including the pain killers for which McDonald did not have a valid, current prescription.

He’s charged with three felony counts of Promoting Prison Contraband as well as two misdemeanor counts of Promoting Prison Contraband and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

A news release from the Sheriff’s office says the 55-year-old Queens man will be arraigned in Town of Dickinson Court.

He continues to be remanded to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility.

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