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Hopkinton, Bow women arrested on drug charges at Salem rest area

By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent

September 18. 2017 1:37PM

REBECCA SANTY 

Tricia Duff (Salem Police Department)
SALEM - Two women found unresponsive Sunday evening at the Interstate 93 rest area were arrested on drug possession charges after one of them approached officers with a hypodermic needle when she regained consciousness, police said.

Tricia Duff, 59, of Hopkinton, and Rebecca Santy, 34, of Bow, were charged with possession of a controlled drug. Santy also was charged with reckless conduct in an incident shortly before 7:30 p.m. at the rest stop, where an employee found the two women in a bathroom unconscious with hypodermic needles.

Police said they found Duff unconscious on the floor in a locked stall and Santy in the next locked stall unresponsive on her knees.

As aid was given to Duff, Santy opened her stall door and had an uncapped hypodermic needle in her hand, police said.

Police said the needle was filled with a brown liquid that appeared to be heroin or fentanyl.

Santy ignored loud verbal commands to drop the needle, police said and continued to walk towards officers with the needle held up in front of her face.

Officers used a Taser on Santy, police said, but it did not have an effect and instead she slowly retreated into the stall and closed the door with the wires still attached.

Santy eventually came out peacefully without the needle after the Taser was deployed again, according to police.

Duff was removed from the locked bathroom stall after she regained consciousness, police said. Drugs and paraphernalia were seized from the two stalls, according to police.

Both women refused medical treatment, according to police.


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