- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, have charged a man with possession of a powerful synthetic drug that has recently surfaced in the state.

Police arrested 24-year-old Preston Thorpe at a hotel in Manchester on Friday after an anonymous caller provided information on his location. They had searched his apartment last week, finding a trace amount of carfentanil in the kitchen, along with a small amount of marijuana.

State officials said carfentanil was linked to three overdose deaths. No arrests have been made in connection to the deaths. The drug was created to tranquilize large animals such as elephants. Officials said it’s 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 5,000 times stronger than heroin.

Thorpe, also charged with a parole violation, is expected to be arraigned Monday. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

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