2 Rikers Island guards charged after sweep for drugs, weapons

Authorities swept Rikers Island Monday, searching officers and inmates for drugs, weapons and contraband.

Sources say two correction officers were arraigned on drug charges afterwards.

Investigators combed through inmate cells and common areas, as well as lockers and break rooms used by workers.

They searched about 100 correction officers as they changed shifts at the George Motchan Detention Center, and authorities say up to a dozen of them are now under investigation.

The searches began at the afternoon shift Monday.

The sweep is part of an ongoing investigation by the city Departments of Investigation and Correction into violence and illegal conduct at Rikers Island that has resulted in more than a dozen arrests.

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