Woman Accused of Trying to Smuggle Marijuana into County Jail

Inmate's visitor arrested inside jail in New City.

A woman visiting an inmate at the county jail in New City was arrested in the jail today on charges she tried to smuggle marijuana to the inmate, according to the .

Tiona Chennel Powell, 20, of Wappingers Falls, was charged with promoting prison contraband, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, at 1:45 p.m. today at the .

The Sheriff's Department said a county corrections officer caught Powell trying to bring the contraband in while on a visit to an inmate. Powell is accused of attempting to smuggle a pouch of marijuana, matches and cigarette rolling papers to the inmate.

She was arrested at the jail and later released pending a Sept. 24 hearing in Clarkstown Town Court in New City.

This is the . In July, a Stony Point woman who was on her way to visit an inmate at the jail was charged with marijuana possession after a  detected drugs in her car in the parking lot of the jail.

Scotty September 08, 2012 at 11:42 PM
At least it was convenient in reference to paperwork and location. Good work officers.
Malcolm Kyle September 09, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Prohibitionists are neither civil nor productive members of society, they are soulless parasites—inhuman, oppressive criminals from whom protection is required. Or maybe Prohibitionists did not really intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, put 1 in every 30 American adults under supervision of the correctional system, and—exactly like their counterparts of the 1920s— destroy the economy? Whatever way you look at it, Prohibitionists are overwhelmingly responsible for an immense increase in organized crime, international terrorism, rampant official corruption, a broken economy, mass unemployment and a serious undermining of international security and development. If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy then you can stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled—required even—to act according to your conscience! * It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict. * You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury. * You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty! * Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion. We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for: PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!
Patrick September 09, 2012 at 10:57 AM
She should be in jail, not released.
Gerry M September 09, 2012 at 02:01 PM
No Malcolm. You are not required to act according to your conscience. You are required to act according to the evidence presented. I hope every DA copies this post and recognizes your name when you are called for jury duty.
Dave H September 09, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I never knew promoting prison contraband was just a misdemeanor
Meg Wilson September 09, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What a moron! Really? Bringing pot INTO a policed facility? Really...stupidity is surely rampant in our society..s
Andromachos September 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Dear Gerry Jury nullification has a long history in the US as a means of opposing tyranny and corruption. There is no penalty for doing it or advocating it.
Scotty September 09, 2012 at 11:42 PM
So let me get this straight Malkie....it's ok to bring pot to jail and give it to an inmate ? And as long as one views that an item should'nt be prohibited in society simply because society has deemed it to be...then anyone involved in criminal activity pertaining to that proibited item....should be acquited ? Different take I have to admit but a tad over the top, don't you think ? I was on a jury and I listened to the facts and the person was acquited because we thought he was, not blindly voting for acquital just because it involved a probited item. Come on Malkie...ease up...the revolution is not here yet....thank goodness.


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