PLATTSBURGH — A suspected crack dealer with a history of violence is accused of assaulting an officer at Clinton County Jail.
Malcolm White was in custody on drug and assault charges Nov. 18 when he allegedly attacked an officer.
Sheriff David Favro said Wednesday that White "was involved in an incident with a correction officer that resulted in a charge of assault second-degree.
"The incident is still under investigation, with possible additional charges forthcoming."
He and other law-enforcement authorities wouldn't release details about the circumstances of the alleged attack, citing the ongoing investigation by the Sheriff's Department and Clinton County District Attorney's Office.
When contacted by the Press-Republican last week about the alleged attack, a spokesperson for the New York State Commission of Correction said the incident was "duly and properly reported."
The state agency called their probe into the matter "a preliminary inquiry," not an investigation.
Sources told the Press-Republican that White attacked a female officer, who continues to recover from unspecified injuries.
White, a 24-year-old Brooklyn native, has been locked up at Clinton County Jail for nearly a year on high-level drug charges for allegedly trafficking heroin and crack cocaine from New York City to the North Country.
He was arrested in late January following a search of a Lyon Mountain residence that was part of a six-month investigation into the alleged smuggling.
About a month after that arrest, White was arrested again, this time after he allegedly assaulted a male officer at the jail.
That assault reportedly happened when he was being transported within the facility and bit an officer.
White is facing a felony charge of second-degree assault in that case, as well.
Both the drug and February assault cases are still pending in Clinton County Court, clerks said Wednesday.
White, who also served time in state prison for bribery, is scheduled to return to County Court for a conference on those cases.
The new officer-assault case is being handled in Plattsburgh Town Court.
Officials have described it as a complex and sensitive case, saying further details will not be released until the investigation is closed.
A union labor-specialist representing jail officers did not return a message seeking comment on the alleged assault.