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Second heroin overdose in a week troubles Belmont police

Union Leader Correspondent

February 10. 2014 1:30PM
Jonathan L. Woodbury, left, and Samuel P. Vachon 

BELMONT – Police are asking for the public's help in finding a heroin dealer in the area who sold the drug to a man who was found overdosed on heroin in his car on Saturday.

The overdose victim, Samuel P. Vachon, 22, of South Road, was administered aid and survived, and was later arrested on multiple charges.

It was the second call for a heroin overdose in the week for Belmont, which is troubling to police.

"What's troubling is it's what's happening all over the state and all over the country, from soccer moms to movie stars," said Lt. Richard Mann. "This is not unusual if you look at heroin usage in the country right now. It's a huge problem."

Last week a Laconia man died in Belmont from a heroin overdose. Police and rescue crews were called to a home at 56 Arlene Drive last Tuesday night, where they found Michael L. Chamberlain, 26, of Laconia suffering from breathing distress. He died a few minutes later.

Jonathan L. Woodbury, who lived at 56 Arlene Drive, was arrested Friday night and charged with selling the drug that caused Chamberlain's death.

On Saturday at 12:32 p.m., police responded to a 911 call reporting a vehicle off the road at the intersection of Elaine Drive and Tucker Shore Road.

"They thought it unusual that the car had been there such a long time," Mann said.

Officers found Vachon behind the wheel and unresponsive to police knocking on his window. Police noticed drug paraphernalia inside the car. One of Vachon's shirt sleeves was pushed up; an uncapped hypodermic syringe was found in Vachon's hand, Mann said.

A spoon and a rope were also discovered as medical personnel removed Vachon from the car for treatment.

"The officers knew he was in bad condition because the spoon was uncapped, meaning he was in the process of doing something," Mann said.

Police said Vachon was "unresponsive and had very little skin color."

Medics administered NARCAN, an anti-overdose drug, which revived him. NARCAN was administered to Chamberlain last week, but he died.

"We don't know why, but the NARCAN worked this time," he said.

Vachon was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. Upon hospital discharge later Saturday he was promptly arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs; three counts of default and breach of bail conditions; possession of drugs, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of narcotic drugs a Class B felony.

Vachon was held at Belknap County jail until his arraignment Monday morning in 4th Circuit Court, Laconia District Division. He was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail.

Woodbury also was arraigned Monday on a charge of sale of a narcotic, causing death. He was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail.

Both cases remain under investigation. Police said while both are unrelated, it is very concerning heroin was a factor in both.

Mann asked anyone with information on who might have sold Vachon heroin to call Belmont police at 267-8350.

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