Slideshow-1 Slideshow-2 Slideshow-3 Slideshow-4

Other Info


Bronx Gallery Random Image

Bronx Gallery Random Images

Talk Networks
Delaware Chat
Pennsylvania Forum
New York Chat



Cigarette bans at city jails fuel $200-a-pack black market

 

.

Since January 2012, there have been 85 arrests in connection with the black market. A single cigarette at Rikers Island goes for $30 on average, jail sources say.To fight the undeground trade, the Correction Department uses dogs to sniff out drugs, tobacco and cellphones. But jail workers' locker rooms and other staff spots are generally left out.

MEL EVANS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

To fight the underground trade, the Correction Department uses dogs to sniff out drugs, tobacco and cellphones. But jail workers’ locker rooms and other staff spots are generally left out.

The price of a pack of cigarettes in city jails has jumped to as high as $200, fueling a lucrative black market that’s led to 85 arrests since January 2012.

This year, there have already been 20 arrests, according to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.

That includes deliveryman Stephen Freeman, 48, who was busted last Thursday morning trying to sneak in four bags of tobacco on a truck carrying fruits and vegetables, prosecutors said.

“That’s a serious haul,” said a veteran jail boss.

Investigators believe he was planning on selling it to inmates, but Freeman said it was his personal stash.Rikers Island. The Bloomberg administration banned smoking in jails in 2003.

BEBETO MATTHEWS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rikers Island. The Bloomberg administration banned smoking in jails in 2003.

SOURCE

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Related posts

 

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...
Email This Post Email This Post