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Man found dead on side of DW Highway identified

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

March 08. 2018 7:50AM




MERRIMACK — Police on Wednesday identified the man found dead Tuesday morning on Daniel Webster Highway as Matthew Bailey, 25, of Webster.

“It is a suspected overdose pending toxicology results,” said police Capt. Brian Levesque.

Bailey was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday near 130 D.W. Highway, not far from BAE Systems and the Mobil gas station. The death does not appear to be suspicious, Levesque said.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, a 49-year-old man was discovered dead at the Quality Inn, 242 D.W. Highway. That death, deemed untimely, also appears to be a drug overdose, Levesque said.

Recently, town officials approved funding for a special investigative unit to tackle a growing drug problem.

Police have said increased police presence at hotels in Manchester has sent criminals to Merrimack, with drug deals becoming a problem at local hotels and elsewhere in town.

“We are in a very, very difficult position and dangerous position. If we do not stop the blood flow and we do not stop ourselves from being picked out as the place to be for drugs in New Hampshire, we are going to be the place for drugs in New Hampshire,” Town Manager Eileen Cabanel has said.

“We are not going to let our town become the drug capital,” Cabanel said.

Police Chief Denise Roy successfully pleaded for the addition of more police.

“Over the last approximately six months to a year the town has seen a significant, or actually I would call it a tremendous increase in our drug activity,” Roy said recently. “… This is a crisis for us. We can only do so much.”

Roy said all four local hotels are working with law enforcement to crack down on drug crimes and to establish a network to address the drug problem.

khoughton@newstote.com


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