An inmate serving an 11 year sentence for burglary attacked a correction officer at the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Marcy last week.

The New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association says the 38-year old inmate became agitated when he was asked to remove his boots during a routine frisk and began yelling at a correction officer.

They say a second correction officer stepped in to help out and was punched several times in the face.

Both officers were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

The inmate is facing disciplinary charges.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, NYSCOPBA say a visitor tried to bring an Ecstasy pill into the prison in a Tic Tac box.

He was turned over to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

"Staff assaults and contraband continue to be serious problem in our correctional facilities.  Visitors on a daily basis attempt to bring drugs into the prisons for inmates despite the best efforts of staff.   Members are still being attacked with no real ramifications for the inmates.  All of this will continue until the administration recognizes that changes are necessary to protect staff and eliminate the drugs from getting inside." said Scott Carpenter, NYSCOPBA Central Region Vice President

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