Nov 10, 2014 6:12 PM
LACONIA - At 6 a.m. sharp, police from Laconia, Gilford, and Belmont fanned out to nearly a dozen addresses, and made simultaneous arrests across the Lakes Region.
Seven arrests were made in the Lakes Region - all for outstanding warrants for the sale and or possession of drugs. Police say the crimes mainly involve pills, crack cocaine and heroin.
Laconia Police Department Captain William Clary said, "We are not alone, I think it's happening in other cities as well. we're trying to make inroads against it and some of these arrests are sending the message to the community we are working hard against it."
The Laconia Police Department has two full time detectives where the only thing they do is work on the local drug crimes.
Captain Clary said, "We can go out on the street making sales, purchases hand to hand, and try to make arrests on a daily basis."
Police say so far this year, in Laconia alone, there have been eight drug overdose deaths.
Firefighters in Laconia say they're using the overdose counteracting drug Narcan more than ever to revive overdose patients.
Laconia Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Beattie said, "This year we've used Narcan 27 times. Just as a reference we used it 21 times last year. We're in the beginning of November and we're already well above last year's numbers."
David Parisi has been an alcohol and drug counselor in the Lakes Region for 35 years. He says it's really gotten bad in the last three years.
Parisi said, "As the, mostly kids, are getting into the pain medication and them moving from the pain medication to the heroin."
Parisi says the growing drug problem is directly tied to the drop in the price of heroin. Illegal prescription pills can cost about a dollar per milligram on the street.
"They are looking at $150 to $200 dollars a day for their habit. Heroin is somewhere around the $10 mark, so they can pick up heroin a lot cheaper," said Parisi.
Monday's arrests were on older warrants that are six months to a year old. Laconia Police say a couple of times a year they do arrest sweeps to pick up people on these types of warrants.
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