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Mahopac Couple Charged with Passing Drugs during Jail Visit


MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A Mahopac couple is facing myriad felony drug charges after police said one of them tried to deliver contraband to their partner who was incarcerated at the Putnam County Correctional Facility in Carmel.

Police said that on the morning of Jan. 12, in the visitation room of the jail facility, a correction officer observed suspicious contact between a male inmate and a woman visitor. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department said that the officer determined the woman had passed drugs to the inmate and the drugs were subsequently seized. 

Corrections officials notified the Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation. BCI investigators responded to the facility and arrested the inmate, Philip C. Callaci, 49, and his visitor, Dawn N. Lagatella, 38, both of whom share a residence at 1 Parker Dr. in Mahopac.  Investigators report that the alleged illicit drug hand-off was captured on a security camera video recording. 

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Investigator Shaun Menton charged Lagatella with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and first-degree promoting prison contraband—all felonies. She was arraigned before Town Justice Joseph Spofford and sent to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond pending a future court date.

Callaci was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned before Judge Spofford and sent back to the jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or bond pending his next court appearance.      

Police said that, if found guilty of the most serious felony charges, Lagatella could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000. If found guilty of his felony charge, Callaci could face up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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