Prison officials report drug confiscations at two separate facilitiesBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
December 03. 2017 7:57PM
CONCORD — New Hampshire prison officials have confiscated drugs at two state correctional facilities over the last two weeks.
State Department of Corrections spokesman Jeffrey Lyons said the latest incident took place Friday at the state prison in Concord.
A search conducted by the Department of Correction’s Investigations Bureau and K9 team resulted in the confiscation of 4.6 grams of a white substance — believed to be cocaine — on the person of an inmate returned to the facility Thursday for a technical parole violation, Lyons said.
The inmate now faces felony charges of delivery of articles to prisoners and acts prohibited/possession of a controlled substance, according to Lyons.
On Nov. 18, investigators at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin intercepted 100 strips of suboxone hidden in the sock of a female visitor who intended to pass the contraband on to her husband in the visiting room, Lyons said.
Criminal charges against the woman for delivery of articles and acts prohibited/possession of a controlled substance are pending, he said.
“The introduction of contraband, and especially drugs, is a serious matter and we use all of the tools available to us to prevent their introduction into our correctional facilities,” New Hampshire DOC Commissioner Helen Hanks said in a statement. “Our work focuses on helping people with substance abuse issues; intercepting these drugs helps us stay focused on recovery.”
Both incidents remain under investigation, said Lyons.