POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A 19-year-old woman from Lake Peekskill was arrested Thursday after using her child to smuggle a prescription drug into jail, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
Alexa E. Michalko was charged with promoting prison contraband and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the incident at the Dutchess County Jail, according to a press release.
Dutchess County sheriff’s deputies responded to the jail for a report of contraband that was found by a corrections officer at about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Further investigation revealed that Michalko was a visitor at the jail and allegedly attempted to pass one dosage unit of suboxone to inmate James Heaphy, according to the sheriff's office.
Michalko is further accused of using the exchange of her 8-month-old daughter between her and Heaphy to conceal the passage of the suboxone to him.
Capt. John A. Watterson, a sheriff's department spokesman, said that suboxone is a prescription medication commonly used to treat narcotic addictions. It's also used as a painkiller.
Michalko was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband and endangering the welfare of a child, both of which are misdemeanors.
After being processed, she was released on an appearance ticket, returnable to the City of Poughkeepsie Court. In addition, state Child Protective Services was contacted and is involved in the investigation.
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