Drugs seized in Berlin and Concord prisons

BERLIN — State prison officials reported they confiscated 100 strips of the opioid Suboxone in the sock of a visitor to the state prison in Berlin. Prison officials also reported confiscating 4.6 grams of what they believe is cocaine in a search at the state prison in Concord.

In a release, Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said the strips of Suboxone were found hidden in the sock of a female visitor at the Northern N.H. Correctional Facility in Berlin on Saturday, Nov. 18.

He said the visitor allegedly intended to pass the contraband onto her husband in the visiting room. Felony charges of delivery of articles to prisoners and possession of a controlled drug are pending.

A Dec. 1 search of the state prison in Concord by the department’s investigation bureau and canine team turned up the cocaine in possession of an inmate returned to the prison the previous day for a technical parole violation.

He faces felony charges of delivery of articles to prisoners and possession of a controlled drug.

“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. Our work focuses on helping people with substance abuse issues, intercepting these drugs, helps us stay focused on recovery,” said Corrections Commissioner Helen E. Hanks.

Hanks commended the work of investigators and prison employees and said both incidents remain under investigation.