FORT ANN — Two people were arrested Sunday morning after a loaded handgun and several types of drugs were seized at Washington Correctional Facility, according to State Police.
An 18-year-old man from Rutland, Vermont was charged with two felony weapons counts after a search of the parking lot at the medium-security prison yielded a loaded .380-caliber handgun, according to State Police.
Police said he was in a pickup truck parked in the Route 22 prison’s parking lot when search dogs that were checking vehicles for contraband alerted at the truck.
A search turned up marijuana as well as the gun, for which the man did not have a permit, officials said.
The teen, Ethan R. Renfrew, told police the gun was a relative’s, and that he did not know it was in the truck, according to police. He had not tried to enter the prison with the weapon.
He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and misdemeanor criminal possession of marijuana, records show.
About an hour later, prison staff intercepted a woman from Poughkeepsie as she tried to bring drugs into the prison when visiting an inmate, records show.
Alexus U. Lemmon, 24, was charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband and three misdemeanors after corrections staff found her to have 130 doses of the prescription drug Suboxone as well as more than 2 ounces of marijuana, authorities said.
Suboxone is a drug used by opioid addicts, but a significant black market has developed for it as some users believe it gives them a high.
Both Renfrew and Lemmon were released later Sunday, pending prosecution in Fort Ann Town Court.