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Reference: Drug arrests at Portsmouth High School

Reference: Drug arrests at Portsmouth High School

On Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 at approximately 9:30 AM, members of the Portsmouth Police Department arrested the following three students at Portsmouth High School:

Matthew Anderson
Date of birth 10/20/88 (17 years old)
9 Central Avenue
Portsmouth, NH
Conspiracy to Sell a Controlled Drug (adult criminal charge).
Processed at PPD to be released on personal recognizance bail.

Travis R. Crosby
Date of birth 03/22/89 (16 years old)
419 Greenleaf Avenue
Portsmouth, NH
Possession of Controlled Drugs in a Motor Vehicle (adult criminal charge).
Processed at PPD to be released on personal recognizance bail.

A 16 year old male juvenile for Child in Need of Services (CHINS –juvenile charge)
Personal information withheld per law. Released from PPD to a parent.

Also arrested was the following individual who also attends Portsmouth High School, but was arrested at his residence in Rye:

Maxwell Rome
Date of birth 03/02/88 (18 years old)
128 Parsons Road
Rye, NH
Unlawful Sale of a Controlled Drug (adult criminal charge).
To be arraigned this afternoon at Portsmouth District Court with cash bail requested.


These arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation lasting several months. The Portsmouth Police Department worked in collaboration with the Rye and Greenland Police Departments on this investigation. The arrests were made through arrest warrants that allege the defendants committed these acts in Portsmouth, but not at Portsmouth High School. However, the Portsmouth Police Department and the Portsmouth School Department believe that these high school students were actively involved in distributing illicit drugs to other students and, therefore, have affected students in the Portsmouth Schools. This investigation is continuing, and more arrests may occur.

These arrests come on the heels of the release of the Youth Risk Survey. Last week both school and police officials, although buoyed by the downward trend in the reported use of alcohol and marijuana, echoed their concerns over the use of illegal and prescription drugs by our youth.

The Portsmouth Police Department and the Portsmouth School Department maintain a strong working relationship through the School Resource Officer Program and the Portsmouth Safe Schools Team. We are asking parents and business leaders to partner with us. Our common goal is to provide a drug free and safe environment for all children and youth in Portsmouth. At the Risk Survey Press Conference, both the Superintendent of Schools and the Chief of Police reminded parents and the community that the use of alcohol and drugs by our youth is not just a school or police problem and will not be solved solely by the school-police partnership. “This is a community problem” stated Portsmouth Police Chief Michael Magnant.

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 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500