Suspended Jail Deputy Arraigned on Contraband Conspiracy Charges

(WNY News Now) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced the arraignment of a former jail deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, faced charges of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (Class “D” felony), Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree (Class “E” felony), and Official Misconduct (Class “A” misdemeanor).

Buffalo – 33-year-old Niko J. Carter of Cheektowaga stands accused of knowingly and unlawfully introducing dangerous contraband into the Erie County Holding Center and conspiring to sell it to inmates. Consequently, he has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge Andrew C. LoTempio presided over Carter’s arraignment, where he was released on his own recognizance due to the non-qualifying offenses for bail. Carter is set to return on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. If convicted of the most severe charge, Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, he could face a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison.

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