A Rikers Island guard was caught trying to smuggle a small saw blade with a razor edge into the jail over the weekend — the seventh Correction worker to be busted in five weeks, officials said Sunday.
Correction Officer Charles Bracey, 47, tried to sneak the weapon into the Anna M. Kross Center on Saturday by concealing it in a paper sleeve and tightly wrapping it up in black electrical tape, according to the city’s Department of Investigation.
Officials had set up a surprise screening of employees after learning that some of them were planning to smuggle contraband into the facility during the day Saturday, authorities said. The guards have been known to smuggle in everything from cigarettes to weapons to sell to prisoners.
Authorities found the credit-card-sized blade stuffed inside Bracey’s bag after he showed up for work and they ran his bag through an X-ray machine, officials said.
The nine-year veteran, who earns a base annual salary of more than $76,000, was immediately arrested. He charged with several counts of promoting prison contraband, the DOI said. Bracey could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
He was among a slew of Correction workers recently arrested on “an array of charges contributing to violence and disorder within the city’s jails,” said DOI commissioner Mark Peters in a statement.
He added that more arrests would likely follow as the agency steps up its efforts to combat smuggling at city jails.