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Escape Plot at Manhattan's Detention Center Short Sheeted

By    |   Friday, 19 Jun 2015 12:45 PM

An escape plot from the Manhattan Detention Center was foiled when jail inspectors discovered 64 bed sheets tied together under the sink of a prisoner.

The plot was uncovered after Patricia Howard, who had worked at the detention center for 19 years and currently was in the mailroom, was arrested for smuggling in contraband, according to DNAInfo.com. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Howard was charged with smuggling cocaine, pliers, cellphones and other items to inmates in return for kickbacks from the families of prisoners.

In connection with that six-month investigation, inspectors conducted a full sweep of the jail and found the sheets in the cell of Ernest Murphy, who is awaiting trial for second degree murder.

"The city was spared the potential spectacle of joining the state for the past two weeks in a manhunt for escaped inmates," said Mark Peters of the Department of Investigation, referring to the escape of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility.

"We know that it was a potentially viable plan. He did not make any confessions, but honestly, there's no other conceivable (reason) for keeping that many bed sheets together like that other than for an escape," said Peters.

New York City corrections is facing tougher scrutiny on contraband making its way onto Rikers Island, where the majority of the city's inmates reside, reported the New York Observer.

Authorities accused Howard of organizing the contraband ring with inmate Tommy Davis, 56, and two of his relatives who were not in jail – Velver Jean Davis, 58, his sister, and niece Khalilah Mattocks, 35.

Tommy Davis was charged with taking orders from inmates for the things they wanted and then directing his sister and niece to collect the items. Howard then would smuggle them in, said authorities.

Everything from marijuana, oxycodone, tobacco, lighters, cell phones and phone chargers, earbuds, pliers and flashlights were brought in and Howard would be given "hundreds of dollars" for her services, prosecutors told the Observer.

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