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May 3, 2016 2:26 PM

Shaheen to implement National Guard Counterdrug Program

CONCORD — Senator Jeanne Shaheen met with the state's National Guard Counterdrug leadership and the Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health and leadership from New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to discuss the work that the Guard is doing to help local law enforcement fight the heroin and opioid issue in the state.

The Guard's work allows law enforcement agencies to devote more resources to investigate.

Shaheen and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, of West Virginia, introduced the bipartisan legislation that would extend the option of funding for the National Guard Counterdrug Program for one to three years. The funding change will give the Guard what it needs to better support long-term, drug interdiction efforts in the state and across the country.

"Traffickers expressly target New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, where law enforcement is often spread too thin and lacks resources to respond effectively," said Shaheen after her meeting.

Since 2011, the state's law enforcement agencies supported by the National Guard Counterdrug Program reported over $100 million in seizures of drugs, money, property, and weapons related to criminal narcotics cases.

The New Hampshire National Guard currently supports the Drug Enforcement Agency, NH Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, NH State Police/Narcotics Investigation Unit, and the Manchester Police Department.

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