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Task force tackles drug distribution at Dover jail

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

October 19. 2017 12:52AM
Officials at the Strafford County Sheriff's Office have been investigating drug distribution at the Dover jail. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)



DOVER — Officials investigating drug distribution at Strafford County House of Corrections have pressed charges against two people, and three cases were recently sent to the U.S. Attorney in Concord for review.

A special task force was put into place after three inmates were transported to the hospital June 6 after overdosing on a non-opioid substance that was sent through the mail system. Five inmates were affected by the drugs.

Jail officials changed their policies, and now inmates use electronic tablets to communicate with friends and loved ones.

In a press release issued Tuesday, officials with the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office announced they have secured indictments for two people who were allegedly distributing drugs to inmates.

Jed Cameron, 39, was arrested on June 22 and charged with delivery of articles and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Cameron was indicted on Aug. 17 by a grand jury.

According to court documents, Cameron placed buprenorphine under a mailbox at the jail and walked away. Buprenorphine is a medication used to help people quit or reduce their use of heroin or other opioids.

The task force’s work also led to charges in old case against a woman now housed in the Merrimack County Department of Corrections in Boscawen.

Samarah Thurston, 33, is charged with delivery of prohibited articles for sending a card concealing heroin to Melissa James, an inmate at the Dover jail.

Her alleged crime took place on Feb. 7, 2014.

Thurston was also indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 17.

Sheriff David Dubois said he cannot comment on the cases sent to the U.S. Attorney for review, as no arrests were made by his department.

Task force members spent 50 hours on surveillance during their investigation, according to the press release.

Local and federal inmates, as well as ICE detainees, are housed at the Dover jail.


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