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January 10, 2013

Three face felony drug charges

Women in their 60s busted for painkiller sales


She faces three felony charges of selling a controlled drug, Oxycontin and Percocet.

Watson was released on $500 personal recognizance.

Hudson police arrested Todd Gurley, 41, of Hampstead on arrest warrants from Salem.

Gurley faces three felony counts of selling a controlled drug (OxyContin and Suboxone); possession of a controlled drug in a motor vehicle; and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Hurley originally was held on $5,000 cash bail, but was not listed as a jail inmate yesterday afternoon.

Gurley, too, was involved in three undercover drug buys over the past month, Patten said.

The case is active and charges against other individuals are likely.

Prescription drug sales are a growing problem, one that crosses age, gender and socio-economic boundaries, Patten said.

“I think it’s a significant problem for all age groups, whether they’re abusing it or selling it,” he said.

As people age, he said, they are more likely to be prescribed many of the medications commonly abused, but prescribed for a variety of legitimate reasons. Over time, he said, many people can amass a significant number of prescribed painkillers.

“If someone is having financial difficulties, has 15 pill bottles in the drawer, and can make a few thousand bucks from them, it may become an option — but not a good one,” Patten said.

On the street, painkillers including OxyContin are selling for about $1 a milligram, he said, meaning a standard 80-mg pill sells for $80.

That cost also drives some people addicted to prescription drugs to heroin, he said, because heroin is so much cheaper.

“Heroin is significantly cheaper than prescription drugs,” he said.

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