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Oct 1, 2015 6:45 PM

Landrigan: The Granite Hammer - a battle plan to fight drug overdoses in Manchester


MANCHESTER - "We decided let’s bring something different to Manchester and we came up with the concept of granite hammer.’’

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard talking about a comprehensive, multi-agency strategy to snuff out the epidemic of drug dealing in Manchester.

"Manchester is in some respects the epicenter of the opiate problem,’’ said Attorney General Joseph Foster.

Governor Maggie Hassan announces two grants to pay for overtime on the ground, one for state drug fighters to partner with local cops on the street, the other for staff in the forensic lab to test up to 900 more drug samples a year.

"We certainly can’t arrest our way out of this problem but it’s also true we need to keep our communities and not only our communities but our roads and highways safe,’’ said Safety Commissioner John Barthlemes.

The goal: identify a drug selling neighborhood and then flood the zone.

"So we give them hot spot areas to go out in tandem so we are putting 10 additional people out on the street during these time periods,’’ Willard said.

And the chief said it’s already paying dividends.

"Even the feedback we are getting anecdotally from the drug dealers and drug users that Manchester is not a good place to do business,’’ Willard continued.

Translation: it’s getting a little too warm for dealers to keep profiting in the Queen City.

"Everybody knows that Manchester is hot. this is exactly what we want,’’ Willard added.


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