Capt. Raphael Collazzo of Rikers Island was caught on a security camera making an unexplained 45-minute visit to the rapper’s cell, which is supposed to be an isolation lockup, sources said.
“We don’t know what he was doing. We know the camera picked him up,” said one source.
Collazzo’s explanation “did not suffice to explain the time he spent” with the rapper, who is serving a one-year sentence for a loaded gun on his tour bus, the source added.
Collazzo was suspended without pay for 10 days, said agency spokeswoman Sharman Stein, who declined to elaborate.
Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the union for correction captains, said Collazzo has “at least 20 years” on the job, and maintains he didn’t break any rules.
“I spoke to the captain and I said, ‘Do you know what’s going on?'” Ferraiuolo said. “He goes: ‘I have done nothing wrong…I don’t have any dealings with this guy.'”
Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, is expected to be released early next month. His stay on Rikers has been eventful.
Soon after he arrived, a correction officer was canned because she was caught making an unexplained pop-in at the area housing the rapper’s cell.
Correction officials say Amelia Negron got the boot for missing work. Negron claims superiors pressured her into saying she was trying to cozy up to Lil Wayne.