Three people arrested for reportedly trying to introduce prison contraband hidden inside a basketball

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Tashan Cook (33) (Left) James Boone II (25) (Right)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Albany County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people for reportedly trying to introduce prison contraband by throwing items over the fence placed inside of a basketball.

On Sunday, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested a male inmate, Tashan Cook, 33, James Boone II, 25, and a 17-year-old female for attempting to introduce prison contraband. Police say Cook, who was committed to the Albany County Correctional Facility as a federal boarder, conspired with Boon II to introduce the contraband by throwing items over the perimeter fence inside of a basketball containing a quantity of marijuana, loose tobacco, rolling papers, matches, a lighter, and a quantity of tequila.

Police charged Cook with the following:

  • One count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (a class D felony)
  • One count of Attempted Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (a class E felony)
  • One count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Attempted Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree (a class B misdemeanor)
  • One count of Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Criminal Solicitation in the Fourth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree (a violation)

Cook will be arraigned at Albany County Court on Sunday.

Police charged Boone II with:

  • One count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (a class D felony)
  • One count of Attempted Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (a class E felony)
  • One count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Attempted Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree (a class B misdemeanor)
  • One count of Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Criminal Solicitation in the Fourth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree (a misdemeanor)
  • One count of Trespass (a violation), one count of Unlicensed Operator (a violation)
  • One count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree (a violation)

Boone II will be arraigned at Colonie Town Court on Sunday.

Police charged the 17-year-old female with:

  • One count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (a class D felony)
  • One count of Attempted Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (a class E felony)
  • One count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Attempted Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree (a class B misdemeanor)
  • One count of Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Criminal Solicitation in the Fourth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree (a class A misdemeanor)
  • One count of Trespass (a violation), one count of Unlicensed Operator (a violation)
  • One count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree (a violation)

The 17-year-old female was given an appearance ticket to appear at Albany County Probation at a later date.

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