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Northfield man charged with heroin sale to overdose victim

Union Leader Correspondent

May 08. 2015 9:55PM

Police have charged a Northfield man with selling heroin to a popular local 21-year-old who died of a heroin overdose on April April 29.

Police Chief Robert Cormier said further charges will be coming against the man in the next few days. They hope to charge him with sale of heroin-death resulting, which can be punished by life in prison, he said.

“That’s what we’re asking for, it’s up to the county attorney whether that will be a charge,” Cormier said.

“We believe he sold drugs that led to this man’s death,” he said.

Brian A. Watson, 50, of 212 Hodgdon Road, Northfield, was stopped by police at 5:40 p.m. Friday as Watson walked on School Street. He was arrested for illegal sales of a controlled drug-heroin for selling the drug to Seth Tilton-Fogg, who died of a heroin overdose on April 29.

When police arrested Watson, he was found with “and additional amount of heroin,” Cormier said.

Police expect to file a possession charge against him "in the next few days," he said.

Many of the town’s officers knew Tilton-Fogg as a high school student, where he was a member of the youth organization Future Farmers of America, the chief said.

“This was a really good arrest to make, for many of us in the (police) department, we knew Seth, and then this tragedy occurred, and it hit us all particularly hard,” Cormier said. “Since the overdose the detectives have made this case a major priority and today their hard work paid off.”

Watson is being held on $5,000 dollars cash bail at Belknap County House of Corrections and will be arraigned on Monday morning at 9 a.m. in Franklin District Court. The arrest came after police found evidence and received tips and leads that led them to Watson, who Cormier described as a “significant” drug dealer in the Lakes Region.

Police are fighting a statewide and nationwide spike in heroin overdoses and deaths, he said.

“These little towns around here, we’ve seen more heroin overdoses in the last few years than we used to see in entire decades,” he said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Tilton police detectives at 286-8207 ext. 112 or 286-4442.

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