After Surge In Meth Arrests, Merrimack Officials To Vote On Creating Police Drug Unit

Jan 24, 2018

Credit Paige Sutherland for NHPR

Merrimack town councilors are set to vote Thursday on whether to create a specialized drug unit within the police force.

The proposal is in response to police reporting an influx of drug use at hotels in town – specifically meth use.

In just two weeks there have been 17 drug arrests, most involving meth.

Police Chief Denise Roy says without a drug unit, the department doesn’t have the time or resources to stop this from getting worse.

“They are saying Merrimack is a haven to come down here because – what do you guys do, once in a while you are able to stop someone for not using their directional and this is what the bad guys are saying.”

The proposal going before the town council calls for additional two officers, at an annual cost of roughly $218,000.