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TEACHER HELD IN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE POT INTO JAIL

A schoolteacher has been charged with trying to smuggle marijuana into jail for her husband, a convicted murderer.

Valorie Salgado, 24, of Syracuse, is accused of trying to hide the drugs in the binding of a Bible, said Anthony Callisto, the jail's chief custody deputy.

Jailers found the marijuana inside the Bible while searching Victor Salgado's cell on Aug. 25. Valorie Salgado was to be arraigned Thursday in Syracuse City Court on misdemeanor charges of promoting prison contraband, criminal sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

Salgado met her husband, Victor Salgado, while she was in the jail as part of a Syracuse school district program teaching English as a second language to inmates. The couple married in April. Victor Salgado, 23, pleaded guilty in June to killing another man and is serving 15 years to life in state prison.

Callisto said Valorie Salgado's drug trafficking did not involve students. She has been suspended from her job at the Sidney Johnson Vocational Center.

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