Cortland sheriff: Female jail inmate had hypodermic needle

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A Cortland woman was charged with promoting prison contraband after officers discovered that she was in possession of a hypodermic needle while confined at the Cortland County Jail, the Cortland County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.


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On March 21, the patrol division of the Cortland County Sheriff's Office responded to the Cortland County Jail for a report of jail contraband.

An investigation revealed that Jenna R. Simmons, 27, of Tompkins Street, Cortland, N.Y.—who had recently been taken into custody on an unrelated matter—was in possession of a hypodermic needle while she was being processed at the facility, according to Lt. Todd Caufield with the sheriff's department.

The sheriff's office did not specify the nature of the charges that led to her incarceration earlier this month.

Simmons was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, a class D felony, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor.

Simmons was arraigned in Cortland City Court and taken to the Cortland County Jail on $1,000 cash or $2,500 bond.


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