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Concord halfway house inmates moved back to prison after drug testing

More than a dozen inmates at the women’s halfway house in Concord were shuttled back to prison last night after testing positive for illicit drugs in recent days, corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said.

Lyons said the transfer took place about 6 p.m. and included 13 unidentified women. The halfway house, called Shea Farm, holds about 43 inmates and is located on Iron Works Road. Prison officials and the Concord police executed the move. Due to space concerns, some of the resulting vacancies have been filled with low-security inmates from the prison in Goffstown, which houses about 125 women, Lyons said.

Lyons said the testing was part of a crackdown on drug use at the facility, as well as other state detention centers. The drugs used included heroin and Suboxone, a synthetic opioid used frequently to treat heroin addiction. He said he knew of no mass transfers that had taken place at the other state facilities.

“It was a well-coordinated resonse,” Lyons said of the operation. He added: “We just thought it would send a strong message to the women that drug use will not be tolerated.”

Lyons said the women will face internal disciplinary reviews in the coming weeks.

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