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Miami Beach police arrest drug dealer, seize 226 grams of cocaine

Published On: 01-29-2018 in Category: Cocaine

Miami Beach police arrest drug dealer, seize 226 grams of cocaine

Miami Beach police officers on Jan. 18, 2018, arrested a 48-year-old cocaine dealer after a sting operation. The arrest also led to the seizure of more than 226 grams of cocaine and $33,200 in cash. Detectives from the police department connected with Albert Cole, commonly known as an Ocean Drive drug dealer, on Jan. 5, 2018, and made multiple drug purchases at a place located at a short distance from Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center, a school near Miami Beach. Later, police arrested Cole from his apartment off Euclid Avenue and charged him with 16 drug-related counts.

According to police records, Cole has a history of arrests for several offenses, including drug trafficking and assault on a law enforcement officer. According to court documents, the first transaction for an ounce of cocaine happened in the 1300 block of Drexel Avenue, which was close to the Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center. Undercover police officers reportedly paid Cole about $1,200 for a plastic bag containing the drug.

The undercover agents set up a second meeting with Cole on Jan. 11, 2018, to purchase yet another ounce of cocaine, but this time at a different location in 7 Street and Jefferson Avenue. Cole charged another $1,200 for the drug packet and left in his brand new 2018 black Cadillac XTS. Announcing the arrest, Ernesto Rodriguez of the Miami Beach Police Department said, “Mr. Cole has an extensive criminal past to include narcotics trafficking and battery on law enforcement officers.”

Cocaine is a major recreational drug in US

Research shows that after marijuana, cocaine is popular among middle and upper social classes, irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity and professional backgrounds. After 2006, the maximum number of fatal overdose cases involving cocaine were reported in 2015. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the number of first-time cocaine users in the U.S. rose to a phenomenal 61 percent during 2013-2015.

The state of Florida has essentially been portrayed in films and media as a significant gateway for transporting cocaine into the U.S. Besides, there has been a growing trend to project the nation’s Cuban and the overall Latino community as bigwigs in cocaine trafficking rings, which may not be always true. However, it’s a fact that along with alcohol, cocaine is the most common drug that causes the maximum number of emergency room visits countrywide.

In addition to the damaging effects on the physical health, coke addiction also affects the user’s mental health adversely. It can cause irreparable long-term damage to multiple vital organs and impair several important body functions. Besides, an individual can overdose on cocaine, which may lead to death.

Seeking help

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to cocaine or any other drug, seek treatment immediately. The Miami Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 305-615-2028 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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