Nov 17, 2015 1:37 PM

Kelly Ayotte secures federal commitment to boost drug trafficking prosecutions in NH

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During an International Natcotics Control Caucus hearing Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte secured the 'strike force' model against drugs in New Hampshire.

The strike force will be a full-time position that will be intended to work with the DEA and other participating agencies in the state to help enhance efforts to prosecute drug traffickers.

This comes after Ayotte wrote a letter to the Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program requesting funding.

Tuesday, Ayotte additionally urged colleagues in the Senate to pass legislation that she introduced to help fight the prescription drug and opioid abuse crisis in the state.

In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, Ayotte said Manchester authorities would initially benefit from the new DEA resources.

“They’re going to give more resources to Manchester for this type of strike force model and that they would actually be putting resources into having a full time prosecutor that is designated to prosecuting the cases that this strike force would obviously arrest people with, to get the high level drug dealers off our streets,” Ayotte said.

See Ayotte's remarks in the video below.

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