- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s U.S. Attorney General says 25 people have been indicted on heroin and fentanyl trafficking charges.

Emily Gray Rice says nearly all of them have been arrested or were in custody already on other charges. Two remained fugitives Wednesday.

Most were charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and had addresses listed in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Police, and a number of local police departments in both states.

Drug trafficking and addiction has become a key issue in New Hampshire. More than 400 people died in New Hampshire from drug overdoses last year, and the state’s chief medical examiner predicts the number will near 500 in 2016.

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