A Rikers Island correction officer was arrested Saturday on contraband charges after law enforcement officials found a razor-edged tool in his backpack as he entered the jail.
Commissioner Mark Peters of the city’s Department of Investigation said Charles Bracey, 47, concealed the tool in a paper sleeve, wrapped in electrical tape. He was taken into police custody as he arrived for his shift.
The commissioner says it’s the seventh time in the past five weeks that a correction employee was arrested on charges that contribute to violence and disorder on the island jail that houses thousands of inmates.
Peters says more arrests are expected as investigators look into alleged violence and smuggling at Rikers.