Couple arrested during jail visit for attempting to pass drugs

NORWICH – Two people were arrested Saturday as they attempted to smuggle drugs during a visitation at the Chenango County Correctional Facility.

Chenango County Sheriff Thomas J. Loughren reported the arrest of an inmate, Raymond H. Sitterly, 31, and Traci C. Buckley, 28, of Norwich, for attempting to smuggle in pills, suspected to be prescription oxycontin, through security during a prisoner visitation.

Loughren said the suspects were “shocked” when they were caught in the act during Saturday’s visit.

The Sheriff explained that the inmates are allowed to kiss their loved ones during the visits and the couple exploited the opportunity to pass prescription pills. Buckley covered the pills in a coating of wax to prevent them from dissolving and then was passing them to Sitterly from her mouth to his, he said.

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