- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

LEE, N.H. (AP) - The police chief of a tiny New Hampshire town with less than 5,000 residents says drug arrests have increased nearly 200 percent in the last year.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1JvIiOQ ) Chief Thomas Dronsfield says the number of drug-related arrests in Lee rose from 13 in 2014 to 38 last year for an increase of over 192 percent.

Dronsfield acknowledges that there is a heroin epidemic in the state, but says Lee’s drug crimes have involved a mix of marijuana, heroin and the pain medication suboxone.

Dronsfield says transients largely made up the arrests. The latest census in 2010 reported that Lee has a population of 4,330 people.

Although drug arrests have spiked, overdoses have decreased in the Strafford County town within the past year.

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Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat, https://www.fosters.com


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