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Miami molly ring: College students turn receivers of shipments from China
As the problem of drug abuse gets serious by the day, reports of its overdose have also become a daily affair in the United States. With the authorities getting stricter to prevent the trafficking of prohibited and commonly abused drugs, web-based supply chain has replaced the traditional way of peddling, making it difficult to track the illegal business. Florida hogged the limelight recently with the reports related to three prominent cases of drug trafficking in its southern parts.
According to reports, the culprits – mostly college students – act as new drug dealers who purchase the substances through Chinese websites, wiring payments to chemical labs that in turn ship those using U.S. mail carriers.
There are various reasons behind the increase in the number of people abusing substances. Meant to mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine, LSD and other illicit substances, Chinese manufacturers ship thousands of pounds of synthetic chemicals to the U.S. Although Colombia and Mexico had long been under the American agenda to fight against crime and drug trafficking in the region, the Drug Enforcement Agency and lawmakers have been struggling to control the influx of Chinese synthetic drugs. Increasing target of investigations, these drugs are sold by the street names like spice, bath salts, molly, smiles and N-bomb.
Two arrested in January
While spurring federal agents to sharpen their investigations following the initial arrest in July 2015, two more persons were arrested in January 2016 on charge of accepting packages of illicit drugs from China. The latest lead to the molly importation case is the involvement of Brian Scot Bailey who agreed to accept packages from an old friend in China.
“The federal government is used to these low-level guys pleading guilty and cooperating very early,” Bailey’s defense lawyer David O. Markus told the Miami Herald. “This is a classic case of the government charging way too many people. They just cast their net way too wide.”
After Bailey, another Miami law student accused Mario Raul Melton, son of Eston “Dusty” Melton, a prominent Miami-Dade County lobbyist, will be up for trial next month. Both the accused are likely to argue on similar lines of defense that they had no idea about the content of the shipments. Former chief of U.S. Attorney’s office from narcotics section, David Weinstein, said the investigation of the case involves surveillance evidence, cell phone records and text messages to ensure they are law breaking offenders.
In another case of molly importation, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents got a written confession from George Monserrat, a concierge at the posh Sunny Isles Beach Aqualina Hotel and Resort, who was receiving similar packages from several Miami importers. The confession made him to serve five years of probation and 200 hours of community service. As for Hialeah’s Anthony Fernandez, he gave no confession last March is now doing seven years in federal prison.
Authorities at work to control trafficking
The authorities have increased the number of community impact prosecutions targeting trafficking organizations and collaborated with other law enforcement components at local, national and international levels to stem the supply. Grassroots awareness about the adverse effects of these drugs is much needed. A lot of people get trapped in the vicious circle of demand and supply, addiction and relapse that needs to be attended.
It is important to be aware of the drug trends and their potential dangers. If you or someone you know is experimenting with drugs, the Miami Drug Treatment Rehabilitation Center is there to help. Our experts are available 24/7 at 305-615-2028 to answer your questions related to addiction and rehab.