Inmate Arrested for Selling Steroids from Prison By Millard Baker ~ source
Ismael Melendez Jr. was arrested for smuggling anabolic steroids into a medium-security prison and promoting the sale of steroids inside and outside the prison walls. The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the New York State Inspector’s Office, spearheaded the steroid smuggling investigation at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility in New York.
A grand jury is expected to indict Melendez on charges involving the promotion of prison contraband (anabolic steroids), criminal possession of a controlled substance (anabolic steroids) and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument (syringes).
Richard Finley, Melendez’ alcohol and substance abuse counselor at the Cape Vincent prison, helped him sell steroids outside of the prison.
Finley, a 12- year employee of the prison, was arrested in November 2011 after he was busted selling steroids to a man in the parking lot of the Salmon Run Mall.
Inmate Melendez arranged the steroids sale at the shopping mall and directed Finley to deliver steroids to the customer on his behalf.
What motivated the substance abuse counselor to deal steroids?
Finley told investigators that Melendez promised to provide him with human growth hormone (hGH) and $500 to $1000 cash if Finley would help smuggle anabolic steroids, alcohol and creatine inside the prison for him.
But instead of receiving the promised extra cash and hGH for his participation in the steroid scheme, Finley was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance (anabolic steroids) and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.
Finley was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child (due to the ill-fated decision to bring his 7-year old son along with him during the drug deal).
To make matters worse, Finley was also suspended, without pay, from his $52,552 per year job at the prison.
After the incident, inmate Melendez was transferred to another New York prison, Governeur Correctional Facility, where he will continue to serve a nine-year sentence handed down in October 2005 related to a conviction on a weapons charge.