Two Erie County Sheriff's Deputies Arraigned in City Court

August 3, 2014 Updated Aug 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM EDT

By Matt Bove

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August 3, 2014 Updated Aug 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - A pair of Erie County Sheriff's Deputies faced a judge today in Buffalo city court, accused of smuggling contraband into county jails.

49-year-old Charles Hunt and 33-year-old Eric Stevens were arraigned, both pleading not guilty to felony charges that they tried to sneak illegal items into the downtown holding center and the Erie County Correctional Facility.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard says a confidential tip, which came in more than a month ago, led to the arrests on Saturday.

The Sheriff says the incidents are separate and unrelated.

Stevens is charged with a felony, for allegedly bringing contraband into the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

Hunt is charged with a felony, accused of possessing dangerous contraband at the Erie county holding center downtown along with a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.

Both Stevens and Hunt are due back in Buffalo City Court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, August 8th.