These hotels are the perfect spot for dealers looking for convenience. They’re located between Nashua and Manchester, right off the highway and offer extended stays
And since there’s four in town, the hotels are constantly competing by lowering their nightly rates.
Since the fall Merrimack’s officers have made nearly 50 drug arrests, mostly involving meth, surpassing heroin and fentanyl arrests.
Unlike heroin and fentanyl , meth is an upper and one of the major side effects is increased energy and aggression.
“They are lawless – some of these people are lawless. They run from the police, they take off on foot, they take off in cars, a couple of our officers have been hurt, one of them had to go to the hospital because he was injured," Chief Roy said.
Since the recent uptick in meth in Merrimack, other crimes have spiked as well. According to police records, prostitution, car thefts, and home burglaries are all on the rise.
Merrimack is not alone. Meth use has been increasing statewide. Last year the state’s crime lab tested more than 830 meth-related arrests, compared to just 50 three years ago.
I ask Tim Pifer of the state’s drug crime lab what’s behind that increase. He says it comes down to economics.