Nov 2, 2015 4:53 PM

Sen. Ayotte urges DOJ to assist NH drug lab's backup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Kelly Ayotte is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to provide assistance in response to an overwhelming amount of backlogged drug samples at the NH State Police Forensic Laboratory.

One major repercussion of the backlog is that is delays prosecuting drug dealers in the state.

In a letter to the Acting Associate Attorney General, Ayotte asked the department to reduce the backlog and help identify other programs that would further help the state.

Senator Ayotte introduced the Stop Trafficking in Fentanyl Act in September, which would create tougher trafficking penalties for fentanyl to ensure the law appropriately reflects its potency and its increasing prevalence in drug overdose deaths.

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