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Two Wende correction officers charged with trying to bring drugs into prison

Two correction officers at Wende Correctional Facility were arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to bring drugs into the maximum security prison in Alden, State Police said Monday.

Gregory A. Sulkowski, 38, of Blasdell and James J. Keller, 37, of Buffalo were both charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Sulkowski and Keller were arrested after the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigation contacted state police, alerting them that the two officers had been found in possession of Suboxone, which can be used to treat opioid addiction, and other pills following a K-9 search of employees reporting to work, state police said. The correction officers were transported to State Police barracks in Clarence and processed. They were arraigned in Town of Alden Court.

Both have been suspended without pay, according to a state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesperson.

James J. Keller (left) and Gregory A. Sulkowski (Provided by New York State Police)

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