- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

SALEM, N.H. (AP) - Police have charged a man with drug possession, saying he was with two people who overdosed on potentially tainted narcotics last month in Salem, N.H.

Jeffrey Pickett was arrested Thursday morning. He is accused of possessing heroin and marijuana. Police found the drugs in his car.

“During the investigation, Mr. Pickett has refused to cooperate with respect to where they procured what we believe is tainted heroin,” Salem Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten told the Eagle Tribune (https://bit.ly/1c9QDBq. “It certainly makes the investigation more difficult when we have non-cooperative people who have information and don’t want to cooperate.”

On Jan. 27, police said were called for a report of two unconscious people in a car at a residence. Pickett was with them. Police believe the three had bought heroin and snorted it.

Police say a 20-year-old Haverhill woman remains hospitalized in critical condition at a Boston hospital. The other person, a 21-year-old Salem man, was treated at a hospital and released.

Reports of heroin possibly tainted with fentanyl, a powerful opiate, have been coming in from around the region. Vermont state health officials on Thursday reported three deaths there last month were the result of fentanyl overdoses.

Last month in Portsmouth, three people overdosed on heroin and one man died. Police there issued a warning to heroin users about highly potent or tainted heroin.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), https://www.eagletribune.com

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