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Drug dealing in nursing homes

Published on January 11th, 2010

The Eagel Tribune had an article about a criminal organization running out of a nursing home.  Visitors to Rockingham County Jail brought prescription drugs, including OxyContin and Suboxone, to the county nursing home, where they exchanged the drugs with low-security inmates who worked in the nursing home. Those inmates hid the drugs in their bodies and brought them back for distribution to the jail’s general population, U.S. Attorney Kacavas said.  15 people were arrested for forging prescriptions for controlled drugs and smuggling some of those drugs into the Rockingham County Jail in Brentwood. At least four of those arrested were inmates at the county jail.  An investigation that began at the county jail broke up a drug ring yesterday that federal authorities described as a "sophisticated criminal organization."

Nicknamed "Operation Jail House Rock," the investigation was a joint endeavor between county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, Kacavas said. It began when county jail workers overheard conversations during which the drug smuggling was discussed. Through interviews with other inmates and listening in on county jail phone lines, county investigators were able to uncover how the drugs were being brought into the jail, and eventually catch those involved in the act, Rockingham County Deputy Attorney Tom Reid said yesterday.

The drugs involved were OxyContin, Oxycodone, Suboxone, Lorazepam and Ativan, all narcotics.

 

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