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Miami – Drug traffickers’ favorite city
Published On: 01-07-2016 in Category: Drug Addiction
Miami, notorious as the capital of cocaine abuse, continues to justify the unflattering tag attached to it. The coastal city still seems to be a favorite among drug traffickers, especially those dealing in cocaine. Some major seizures of cocaine made recently from Miami only reinforce this fact.
Some recent drug busts
According to Vice News, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on September 15, 2015 seized 136 kilograms of cocaine at a shipyard on the Miami River, where cargo vessel Ana Cecilia had docked after returning from Haiti. During the 1980s, this river was the center of violent drug-related illegal activities.
In another incident, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency seized more than 2 pounds of cocaine hid in a fried fish on a Miami-bound flight on June 15, 2015. The Miami-bound flight was coming from Jamaica.
It has been observed that nearby cities are also not untouched by the menace. According to reports, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy arrested two women in Crestview on December 25, 2015 and claimed to have seized 20 gm cocaine from their vehicle.
According to Florida Today, the local police arrested a man on December 22, 2015 and seized cocaine and controlled substance from him.
Cops’ innovative ways
The police department has been innovative in its ways to deal with the drug traffickers. As a result, a Santeria priest who brought two of his followers together when one wanted help smuggling a large amount of cocaine was sentenced to federal prison in November 2015.
According to a Sun Sentinel report, Ernesto Gonzalez, 46, had played a minor role in an undercover sting set up by federal agents who pretended they were planning to move about $500,000 worth of cocaine, which was actually fake.
Youngsters in drugs’ clutch
The enormity of drug problem can be understood from the disturbing data compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). According to the 2013 NIDA report, 24.6 million Americans aged 12 and older used illicit drugs, out of which some 1.5 million abused cocaine.
It involved high school students in large numbers. According to the 2015 statistics from NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study, 0.5 percent of eighth graders, 0.80 percent of 10th graders, and 1.10 percent of 12th graders used cocaine in the past year. Though the cops are trying their best to tackle the menace, the soaring figures indicate that more stern steps are needed.
Tackling drug abuse
Drug abuse has been a major concern across the United States. Now, the vice of drug addiction is entrapping a larger number of teenagers and even pre-teens. Drug dealers have been making good money out of the illegal trading, especially that of cocaine, a traditionally abused drug.
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