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Principal faces charge in jail case

LACONIA, N.H. -- An elementary school principal in Massachusetts has been accused of trying to smuggle cigarettes and raw tobacco into the prison where her son was an inmate.

Police said Linda McLaughlin, principal of Peter W. Reilly Elementary School in Lowell, left cigarettes, disposable lighters, and tobacco on the ground near the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia last month.

Police had been investigating McLaughlin, 55, of Dracut, and arrested her Friday after watching her make a delivery, officials said.

Officials at the prison monitored a phone conversation between McLaughlin and her son in which she discussed plans to place the items outside the fence on Nov. 17, police said.

The facility houses both minimum and medium-security inmates. Minimum-security inmates have access to the outer perimeter of the property, and police said they would have been able to pick up contraband goods left there.

Police said McLaughlin's son, Nathan Archambault, 30, was a minimum-security inmate serving time for a parole violation stemming from an earlier charge of cocaine and heroin possession.

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