NYC Corrections Officers Fired for Giving Inmate Drugs

Two rogue Rikers Island guards who allegedly smuggled contraband to an accused cop killer were pushing marijuana, tobacco and alcohol, authorities revealed yesterday.

Correction officers August Durand, 31, and Michael Santiago, 24, were fired for supplying the illicit substances to inmate Lee Woods as he awaited trial for gunning down NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko.

Department of Correction spokesman Steve Morello said the quantities of booze, smokes and weed weren’t “significant.”

The guards, who worked in Woods’ housing unit, are suspected of giving him cups or swigs of some sort of alcohol, since no bottle was found in his cell. Tobacco and pot were found stashed away, officials said.

“It’s not unique for us to either intercept or discover marijuana or tobacco in the jail,” said Morello. “These commodities are in demand.”

He said the case has been referred to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Investigation.


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