Woman accused of bringing drugs into Cortland County jail

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A Chemung County woman was charged with three felonies today following a weeklong investigation into prison contraband at the Cortland County Jail.

Donna Slade, 63, of Elmira Heights, N.Y., is accused of bringing a controlled substance into the Cortland County Jail and passing it to an inmate during a recent visit, the sheriff’s office said.

On June 17, corrections officers at the county jail intercepted a small quantity of controlled substances during their inspection following a visit between an inmate and Slade, who is the inmate’s mother, according to Lt. Todd Caufield with the sheriff’s department.

Slade returned to the jail a week later for another visit, at which point she was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony; first-degree promoting prison contraband, a class D felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Slade was arraigned in Cortland City Court and taken to the county jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Donna Slade (photo provided)

Donna Slade (photo provided)