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Eight indicted for drug smuggling in prison


May 11, 2011
BERLIN — The Cos Grand Jury was in session on April 28 and indicted 15 people on a variety of charges. More than half of those indicted are accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into the Northern NH Correctional Facility.

In separate instances between October and March, these eight couples are accused of bringing illegal substances, including marijuana, heroin and the prescription drug Suboxone into the prison. Suboxone is a drug commonly used to treat opiate addiction, which can also cause dependency.

Debra Lavoie, 48 of Manchester, is accused of bringing balloons of heroin to Jamie Eugene Lavoie, 48, an inmate at the prison, on October 11. She was indicted on a charge of acts prohibited for being in possession of the drug and a charge of delivery of articles to prisoners. She is alleged to have delivered the balloons during a visit.

Jamie was indicted on a charge of acts prohibited for also being in possession of the drug. He faces an additional charge of conspiracy for allegedly persuading or directing Debra to bring the heroin to him.

Balloons were also the preferred method for smuggling marijuana into the prison according to the allegations laid out by the County Attorney's office. Serena Olsen, 22 of Keene, is accused of bringing marijuana to Matthew Johnson, 30, an inmate at the prison. The crime is alleged to have taken place between November 15 and 21.

Lana Dedeus, 20 of Methuen, Mass., is accused of bringing Suboxone to the prison on February 20. Dedeus was indicted on charges of acts prohibited and delivery of articles to prisoners, after she attempted to deliver the narcotic to Nicholas O'Neil, 26. O'Neil was indicted on a charge of conspiracy for his role in the alleged crime.

Also accused of smuggling Suboxone, Tina Dubois, 38 of Meredith, was indicted on charges of acts prohibited and two counts of delivery of articles to prisoners. She is alleged to have brought both Suboxone and marijuana to the facility on March 19, in order to deliver them to inmate, Frederick Sanborn Jr., 26.

Sanborn was indicted on two charges of conspiracy for allegedly planning the delivery with Dubois between Feb. 10 and March 20. He also faces an additional charge of tampering with a witness. Sanborn is accused of trying to convince Dubois to withhold information by threatening her on March 20.

The above cases are scheduled for arraignment in Cos Superior Court on May 13, except for O'Neil who is scheduled to be arraigned in Cos Superior Court today (May 11).

Garnett Hill
NORTHERN HUMAN SERVICES
Martin Lord Osman
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