Police intervene, stop homeless man inside abandoned building from shooting up

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MANCHESTER, NH –  A homeless man was arrested on drug charges Monday after police found him holed-up inside an abandoned multi-family house preparing to shoot heroin.

On Oct. 1 at about 4:45 p.m. Manchester Police Officers Stephen Irwin and Ryan Olsen were checking on an abandoned building at 178 Central St. As the officers entered the second-floor of the building they encountered a man getting ready to inject heroin, identified as Albert Gaudreau, 28, no fixed address.

Gaudreau was allegedly using his belt as a tourniquet while holding a loaded hypodermic needle in his free hand.

The officers stopped Gaudreau from injecting the drug and placed him into custody. They seized the hypodermic needle and liquid it contained, believed to be heroin, and charged him with possession of a controlled drug. They also charged him with possession of prescription drugs after locating a single prescription pill, identified as gabapentin, during a search incident to arrest.

Gaudreau was released on personal recognizance bail and scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on October 16, 2018.