Two Arrested In Jail Contraband Attempt

MAYVILLE – A visit at the Chautauqua County Jail resulted in charges against an inmate and a Celoron woman last Thursday.

Laurie A. Schrecengost, 44, and Kevin Schrecengost, 25, face charges of first-degree promoting prison contraband after it was found that inmate Kevin Schrecengost had been passed two Morphine Sulfate pills, two Xanax pills and two Oxycodone pills from civilian visitor Laurie Schrecengost, police said.

Kevin Schrecengost received additional charges for the alleged crime, and Laurie Schrecengost was arraigned in the town of Chautauqua court and committed to the county jail on $5,000 bail.

Additional charges attached to the arrests include third-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for Laurie Schrecengost, and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance for Kevin Schrecengost.

Two similar incidents occurred at the Chautauqua County Jail in the month of August.

The first occurred on Aug. 8, when Maylee Nunez, 33, of Jamestown, allegedly passed seven strips of the drug Suboxone to Christian O. Opio, 31, of Jamestown, during a jail visit. Nunez was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as she had her 14-year-old daughter with her during the transaction.

The second occurred on Aug. 14, when Charlene A. Vergith, 31, of Falconer, allegedly passed 10 strips of the drug Suboxone to Ahren B. Morano, 29, of Dunkirk, during a jail visit.

According to Sheriff Joe Gerace, it is not usual for people to attempt to bring contraband into the jail, but occasionally visitors will attempt to pass drugs to inmates, so officers must always be aware.

“I have to point to the system,” Gerace said. “(It) allows contact, which can lead to these attempts. So we try to be as vigilant as possible.”

According to Gerace, corrections officers monitor all activity during visitations, and video also captures contact in the jail.