LOCKPORT – A woman who has twice pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into the Niagara County Jail will spend the next one to three years in a larger incarceration facility.
“This is the second time you’ve been in front of me. I would be a fool, it seems to me, if I didn’t sentence you to state prison,” County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Lisa M. Kish Tuesday.
Last September, Murphy had sentenced Kish, 32, of Niagara Street, North Tonawanda, to a year in the County Jail for trying to sneak Suboxone strips and Seraquel pills into the jail May 21, when she reported to serve a 60-day sentence for a misdemeanor drug conviction.
A cell search Sept. 18 turned up more of the same drugs, and this time Kish pleaded guilty to a felony count of attempted first-degree promoting prison contraband. A corrections officer, interviewed for a presentencing report, said the drugs were concealed in a cane Kish was using because of a leg injury.
Kish said the drugs were for her personal use, but the corrections officer accused her of dealing drugs behind bars. “People on the wing were high for two days. We knew it was there; we just had to find it,” the officer was quoted as saying.
“That is just complete assumption. That’s not true,” said Kish, who said drugs are widespread in the County Jail. “Girls were caught with heroin,” Kish told Murphy. “Most of the people, they don’t get caught.”