NH Corrections officer accused of drug smuggling to claim duress

DOVER — A Strafford County House of Corrections officer accused of bringing drugs to inmates in the jail plans to use the defense of duress, and a well-known inmate is suing over a ban on U.S. mail, claiming it is guards and counselors who smuggle drugs into the facility.

Bryant Shipman, 25, of Rochester, was about to start his shift on March 22 when he was arrested before he was able to get into the housing unit. Officials estimate the street value of the fentanyl and cocaine he had in his possession was between $2,000 and $5,000.

Shipman started working at the jail in May of 2015, and at the time of his arraignment officials said they had known for some time drugs were being distributed to inmates. | More…

*| Union Leader

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