Sadie Silver, a principal at a New York City school was arrested on Friday for trying to smuggle drugs inside a New York state correctional facility, according to CBS News. New York City police investigators say that 40-year-old Sadie Silver, along with her 34-year-old boyfriend, Michael Acosta, and a 10-year-old child, had been visiting her inmate son at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility, located at 11260 County Road 9 in Brooklyn, when prison visiting room attendants caught the couple trying to pass off heroin and painkillers to the inmate inside some small balloons. Principal Sadie Silver's son is currently serving a sentence for weapons violations, according to New York Daily News.
Silver's arrest comes just after she received praise for improving reading and math scores at the school. Police were unable to find any drugs directly on Sadie Silver but believe she was in cahoots with boyfriend Michael Acosta. Sadie Silver is the elementary school principal at Public School 28. Parents in the community are shocked to hear of Sadie's arrest, stating that the principal made over $100,000 annually. Many school parents and colleagues were also unaware that Silver had a son in prison for trying to sell illegal weapons to an undercover police officer.
Sadie Silver's back story had been encouraging since she was a teen mom who later earned two master's degrees. The charges that she faces today are disappointing to her students and her own mother, according to the New York Daily News.
Prison guards and prison visiting room attendants have a particularly hard job of making sure that every visitor keeps their hands above the table during visits with an inmate. Drugs and other prison contraband are often passed under the table from the visitor to the inmate. Frequently, visitors may even stuff the items inside the pants of the inmate, or pass small items by mouth while kissing.These items are often detected once the inmate is being searched after the prison visit ends.
Sadie Silver appeared in court on Monday. She has been charged with promoting prison contraband, criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. The child was identified as Sadie Silver's own daughter, according to Sunday World.