Jamestown Man Caught With Suboxone In County Jail

By A.J. Rao


MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man was found in possession of Suboxone while being booked into the Chautauqua County Jail on April 17.

Joshua A. Powell, 28, was reportedly having his belongings searched when a strip of Suboxone – a prescription drug used to treat opiate addiction – was discovered hidden inside some toilet paper.

Powell was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband. He was arraigned at Chautauqua Court where a $1,000 bail was set.

Powell was in the process of being booked for a seventh-degree drug possession charge.

He was previously charged with second-degree burglary, fifth-degree possession of stolen property and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after a Mayville burglary in December.

According to Joseph Gerace, Chautauqua County sheriff, contraband possession at the jail remains a possibility despite video surveillance and post-visit searches.

“(Visits) are an area of concern because the state requires contact visitation,” Gerace said. “The staff do a very good job (of monitoring), but it’s never 100 percent. (Inmates) are very good at concealing and putting (contraband) into orifices. We have to be continually monitoring every moment.”

Previous contraband exchanges include a civilian visitor reportedly passing Morphine Sulfate, Xanax and Oxycodone pills to an inmate during a visit in September.

In August, two other incidents occurred in which the drug Suboxone was exchanged during a visit.