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Miami rapper arrested for possession of weed and gun
Florida has recently witnessed a dramatic increase in incidents of narcotics trafficking across the state, with many smugglers being allegedly involved in crimes related to possession and distribution of drugs, such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine or prescription medications. The state has, for a long, been considered a hub of international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, and a center point for cocaine and heroin that gets transported to the northeastern United States and Canada.
In January this year, a Miami-based hip-hop recording artiste, better known by his stage name Stitches, was arrested for the possession of marijuana and a gun. Phillip Katsabanis, 22, who got famous by his song “Brick In Yo Face,” was found by the Miami Beach Police in his car, blue 2011 Porsche, in a disabled-parking spot at the Whole Foods at 1020 Alton Road.
On being questioned by the police, Katsabanis tendered an apology and quickly gave away the small joint of burnt marijuana to the police officer. Meanwhile, the officer had sensed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car and asked Katsabanis and his fellow passengers to step out at once. On searching the vehicle, the police seized a gun under the driver’s seat, a container full of marijuana inside the backseat, and two magazines with 46 bullets. In addition, Katsabanis had an Oxycodone pill in his pocket without a valid prescription.
Florida, a haven for drug traffickers
The extensive stretch of more than 8,000 miles of coastline, including the commercially viable distance of 45 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, have been exploited by drug trafficking organizations to transport drugs from South America into the U.S. territory. Mexican drug traffickers use speed boats to sneak into the shores, along with their consignments of marijuana and cocaine, compelling federal authorities to technology advancement to nab the culprits.
The modus operandi of smugglers is to ship drugs through the Bahamas via go-fast boats, fishing boats, small commercial freighters, and maritime shipping containers, or even cruise boats, which blend in with the legitimate local traffic that ply on these waters.
Further, Miami International Airport (MIA) is a major entry point for heroin and MDMA trafficking in Florida. Besides, the Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida are still the preferred destinations for transporting large quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the U.S. from South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Also, several Cuban drug trafficking organizations are known to engage in indoor cannabis cultivation operations in the South Florida region.
However, drug trafficking, cultivation and selling is a serious offense in America, which calls for stringent penalties for those proven guilty of the offense.
Leading a drug-free life is possible
Trafficking of marijuana is a growing problem in the United States and Miami is not an exception. If you or your loved one is grappling with an addiction to cocaine or any other drug, it is time to seek medical assistance.
The Miami Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you find one of the best addiction treatment programs customized to your needs. Chat online with our specialists or call at our 24/7 helpline number 305-615-2028 for more information.