MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island nurse is accused of smuggling synthetic marijuana and razors into the Nassau County jail in exchange for cash.
Chantiel Cox, 25, of Huntington is charged with promoting prison contraband and conspiracy following a six-week long investigation.
Cox worked as a nurse at the Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow for six months.
In that short period of time, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Cox was busy conducting illegal activities.
She is accused of smuggling synthetic marijuana and razors into the facility and selling the items to inmates, including gang members.
“It raises some serious concerns that need to be addressed about oversight at the jail and security at the jail,” Singas told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “We have to make sure that visitors, correction officers, inmates are safe and that things like razor blades don’t make their way into the jail facility.”
“The smuggling of contraband into the Correctional facility is something that will not be tolerated,” Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said in a statement.
Cox, who faces seven years in jail if convicted, is one of three suspects charged in the case.
She was arraigned Friday and bail was set at $30,000 cash or bond. She is due back in court on Feb. 9.
The investigation is ongoing, Singas said.