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N.Y. Jail Guard Arrested For Smuggling


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A Nassau County correction officer was arrested and due in court Thursday on charges he tried to smuggle marijuana into the jail _ stashed inside a box of the Italian pastries.

Rocco Bove, 24, of Westbury, was arrested Wednesday following an investigation into the discovery of pot inside the box. Police say Bove dropped off the box for an unidentified inmate on Christmas Eve, and when officers checked it, they found the marijuana, along with rolling papers, matches and a flint pad.

The drugs were actually inside the cannoli, Nassau County Police spokesman Kevin Smith said.

It was "enough so someone could have a little personal consumption around Christmastime," Smith said. He said police believe Bove removed the cream filling in the tube-shaped shells of fried pasta, stashed the pot inside in plastic bags, and then refilled the shells.

Bove was suspended without pay and scheduled to be arraigned on charges of promoting prison contraband and unlawful possession of marijuana.

His attorney did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Lt. Michael Golio of the Correction Department's legal affairs office said Bove was hired in April 2005 and was assigned to a security platoon. He said the department would not comment on the arrest but noted it was cooperating with ongoing investigations.

A statement from the correction officers' union said it is conducting its own investigation. "The Sheriff Officers Association takes all incidents of improper conduct very seriously," the statement said. Approximately 1,100 officers oversee about 1,800 inmates at the facility in East Meadow.

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Source: PoliceOne.com
Pubdate: 5 January 2007
Copyright: 2007 Associated Press
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