FBI probing possible drug ring at prison where inmates escaped

The FBI is investigating a possible drug ring at the Clinton Correctional Facility stemming from the probe into the New York prison breakout by two convicted killers who spent nearly three weeks on the lam, a law enforcement source confirms to CBS News.

Meanwhile, nine security staff employees at the prison have been put on administrative leave as part of the ongoing investigation into the inmates’ escape, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced Tuesday.

The prison investigation moves forward as Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed new details about the brazen escape of David Sweat, 35 and Richard Matt, 49.

Cuomo said Monday that Sweat told officials that the two inmates had initially planned to go Mexico. The pair finally split up a few days before one was shot and the other captured.

Authorities believe Sweat and Matt traveled mostly at night and managed to procure food, a gun and other supplies from hunting camps and seasonal cabins before splitting up about five days ago as they tried to elude a massive manhunt.

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