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Corrections officer faces drug felonies

When drug crimes take place within a New Hampshire correctional facility, those under suspicion may be subject to intense scrutiny. Because law enforcement agents are held to higher standards of behavior, they may face harsher penalties if convicted of felonies within a detention center or prison. After being arrested for drug crimes within the facility, one man is now in custody at the same jail where he worked.

The 25-year-old had worked at the detention facility as a certified correctional officer since May 2015. According to investigative reports, the officer allegedly brought heroin into the correctional house. It is unclear whether the drugs were distributed to inmates or if the man is suspected of intending to distribute the drugs. However, police arrested the man at the correctional facility and charged him with a felony count of prohibitive delivery of articles.

The investigation team included sheriff's deputies, officers from the department of corrections, U.S. Marshals and officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. New Hampshire police also enlisted the help of a K9 unit. The man was held on $35,000 bail, but was placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Many cities in the United States are struggling to gain control over the heroin and opioid epidemics that plague the streets. Drugs may also be a problem in jails and prisons since many of those institutions are overcrowded with those arrested for minor drug crimes. Because of the urgency to control drugs, those convicted of felonies often face harsh penalties. Having a strong criminal defense may make all the difference in the future of anyone charged with drug crimes.

Source:, "Corrections officer arrested for allegedly bringing heroin into county jail", Kimberley Haas, March 22, 2017

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