Portsmouth woman arrested in Portland as police investigate alleged heroin overdose

Posted Nov. 29, 2012, at 6:28 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Police arrested a local woman Wednesday night who may be involved in a heroin case.

Police are currently investigating the death of a local woman who died earlier this month of an apparent heroin overdose and asked for the public’s help locating Jennifer Landry, 41, with a last known address of 309 Oriental Gardens, Portsmouth, who may have information relative to the investigation.

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, a 22-year-old Portsmouth female died from what police believe was a heroin overdose. Detectives are currently looking for the source of the drug and would like to speak with anyone who has information regarding the circumstances of her death.

“We are committed to finding the person or persons who provided heroin to the young woman who overdosed and to ensuring that they are held responsible for selling her the drugs that we believe may have resulted in her death,” Deputy Chief Corey MacDonald said in a press release issued Wednesday.

Under New Hampshire RSA 318-B: 26 IX, “Any person who manufactures, sells or dispenses methamphetamine, lysergic acid (LSD), PCP, or any other controlled drug classified in schedule I, II, or any controlled drug analog there of, in violation of RSA 318-B: 2, is strictly liable for a death which results from the injection, inhalation or ingestion of that substance and may be sentenced to imprisonment for life or for such term as the court may order.”

Detectives were searching for Landry on Wednesday afternoon and into evening. A press release was issued at around 7:30 p.m. saying she had been arrested in Portland, Maine — with no further details provided by press time. Landry is wanted for felony possession of a controlled drug — heroin.

Police believe this possession occurred on Friday, Nov. 23.

Police also inquired to speak with Landry regarding the investigation into the November 20 fatal overdose.

“While heroin is always potentially fatal, we hope that people who are addicted understand that there may be a batch of the drug on the street at this time which is even more lethal,” the press release states. “Now would be a good time to seek help.”

Anyone with information regarding the circumstances surrounding the Nov. 20 overdose are asked to call Det. Rochelle Jones at 610-7503, or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous. Individuals can also leave an anonymous tip by logging on to www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org or send an SMS text to CRIMES (274637) and include TIPSCS in your message. You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest and indictment.

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(c)2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)

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