Police used dead overdose victim's phone to arrest dealer

Posted at 10:54 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 22:54:09-04

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police used the cellphone of a 25-year-old overdose victim to set up a sting and catch his suspected dealer.

The man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police used the victim’s phone to text him and set up a meeting at a Dollar Store in Pelham. WMUR-TV reports the man told police he intended to sell heroin at the store.

Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill says the suspect has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1994.

Police say the suspect told them he sold heroin to the overdose victim in the past, giving police permission to view their text message history. He is not currently charged in connection with the death, and is scheduled to be in court on June 30.