Editor’s Note:  This story has been updated to correctly identify the individuals arrested as visitors to the prison. We regret the error.

MALONE, N.Y. (WWTI) — A dozen individuals were recently arrested at the Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone following a contraband and drug investigation.

According to police, troopers responded to the facility on September 10, around 8 a.m., for eight people being detained by Correction Officers. Eight visitors at the facility allegedly attempted to smuggle drug paraphernalia into the prison, according to an initial investigation by New York State Police.

The individuals were arrested on September 10. Their names and charges arrested are listed below:

  • Michaela A. Hanley, 27, Bronx, NY
    • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st
  • Valerie Alvarez, 25, Brooklyn
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd
  • Asharay L. Faulk, 29, Yonkers
    • 2 counts of Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd
  • Robyn L. Wright, 33, Brooklyn
    • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd
  • Angelique D. Reyes- Barber, 25, New York
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband, 2nd
  • Lanaya M. Richardson, 30, Brooklyn
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd
  • Serena M. Smith, 21, Middletown
    • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd
  • Destiny D. Lewis, 26, Staten Island
    • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st

All eight individuals were arraigned in Malone Town Court. Faulk and Richardson were issued appearance tickets for Malone Town Court at a later date.

According to NYSP, troopers again responded to the Upstate Correctional Facility on September 11. Four visitors at the facility allegedly attempted to smuggle drug paraphernalia into the prison, according to an initial investigation by New York State Police.

The additional four arrests are listed below:

  • Catherina J. Byam, 34, Bronx
    • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st
  • Josephine F. Schenck, 33, Himstead
    • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st
  • Alonzo V. Jones, 34, Brooklyn
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st
  • Monica Calhoun, 35, Rochester
    • 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th
    • 1 count of Promoting Prison Contraband 1st

The additional four individuals were arraigned in the Malone Town Court. Byam and Jones were issued appearance tickets for a later date.

New York State Police were assisted in the two-day long investigation by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Officer of Special Investigation K9 and Narcotics Investigation staff.