Police recently busted a New Hampshire couple accused of selling heroin out of their home with their young child present.
Authorities in Merrimack, New Hampshire, arrested 51-year-old Lois Masci and 43-year-old Shane Masci on May 15 after surveilling the pair for roughly a month. Undercover agents conducted several purchases of heroin from the couple in order to secure a search warrant for their residence, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader.
The Merrimack Police Department received a tip in April that the couple was distributing narcotics from their home in the presence of a young child. When authorities apprehended Lois Masci she had just returned from a drive with her child in the car. (RELATED: Heroin-Fueled Father Drives Kids, Rampages Through Neighborhood Before Passing Out And Crashing)
While processing the couple, officers suspected Lois Masci had swallowed possible drug evidence before her arrest. After obtaining search warrants for Lois Masci, a doctor found she had ingested six baggies of heroin and fentanyl, one baggie containing loose fentanyl, and an empty packaging bag.
Shane Masci faces a number of charges including sale of a narcotic drug and endangering the welfare of a child. Lois Masci is currently charged with two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled drug and falsifying physical evidence, however, officials said they may also charge her with endangering the welfare of a child for swallowing the substances while driving her kid.
Fentanyl overtook heroin as the U.S.’s deadliest substance in 2016, claiming 19,413 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016.
Opioid overdoses made up a staggering 66 percent of all drug overdose deaths in 2016, surpassing the annual number of lives lost to breast cancer.
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