Contraband likely smuggled in by visitor
Three inmates in the Putnam County Correctional Facility in Carmel were charged with drug possession and promoting prison contraband after heroin and other controlled substances were found in their cells during a sweep on March 28. The search was conducted with drug-sniffing dogs after officers suspected an inmate was smuggling narcotics into the jail.
Investigators suspect that the drugs were brought into the jail by a visitor and passed to an inmate. The investigation is ongoing.
Ceferino Garcia, 36, and Daremus Reynolds, 35, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and promoting prison contraband in the first degree. Frank Pasqua, Jr., 36, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, promoting prison contraband in the first degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.
All three men were arraigned in the Town of Southeast Justice Court, acting on behalf of the Carmel Justice Court. Garcia and Reynolds were sent back to the jail with bail of $10,000 on the new charges. Pasqua was sent back with bail set at $100,000 on his charges.