2014 Manchester Drug Arrests Up 85 Percent

Jan 5, 2015

Manchester police made more drug arrests in 2014 than in the previous year.

Manchester police recorded 155 drug-related arrests for the year. That’s up from 83 the previous year, an increase of about 85%. Major dragnets like those in March and November netted close to 60 alleged low level dealers.

Brian Leveille, the head of Manchester’s Special Investigations Unit, says the amount of heroin and oxycodone seized more than doubled from 2013.

“I think it’s gonna be a continuing problem. I think we are making an impact but we’re gonna have to keep working hard at it.”

Leveille says in June officers arrested more than a dozen marijuana and cocaine dealers. And in August they shut down the city’s primary source of black market oxycodone. And Leveille says more sweep operations are in store for 2015.