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30 arrested on charges of selling fentanyl in Massachusetts

Published On: 06-15-2017 in Category: addiction, drug trafficking, overdose deaths, substance abuse

In a massive operation, federal agents, along with the state police, on May 30 arrested 30 people on charges of selling narcotics, possession of firearms and violating immigration rules in Lawrence, Massachusetts. According to officials, leaders of the drug trafficking ring are illegal immigrants who successfully sold significant quantities of heroin and fentanyl, triggering thousands of drug overdose deaths across the state of Massachusetts.

The year-long investigation, called “Operation Bad Company,” was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The operation targeted over three dozen drug traffickers in the state. If convicted, each of the 30 individuals could face imprisonment of up to 20 years.

“During the investigation, the defendants were intercepted discussing the dangers of heroin and fentanyl, and even chuckling about overdose deaths as they continued to distribute the deadly drugs,” said Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb. In fact, Weinreb revealed that one particular individual even boasted of having faced multiple deportations while discussing about the wealth he accumulated in the Dominican Republic, media reports said.

According to DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael Ferguson, drug traffickers don’t care what happens to others as long as they make a profit. Officials believe the arrests will help fight the ongoing opioid epidemic in the state.

Drug crisis in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, cities such as Fall River, Lynn Lowell, Lawrence, Roxbury and Springfield with huge ethnic population have been transformed to hotspots for drug trafficking and distribution. African American and Hispanic criminal groups and street gangs from all over the state engage in large-scale distribution of crack cocaine, which also happens to be the primary drug of abuse in the inner-city neighborhoods in the Boston area. Besides, marijuana is another widely abused substance in the region, with most making high-potency marijuana smuggled from Canada, a preferred drug over its Mexican counterpart.

However, nowadays people seem to have adopted a new path to getting addicted to heroin. A study of the rising numbers of overdosing cases has found heroin and prescription drugs as main culprits. Methadone, OxyContin, Percocet, Morphine, Vicodin and Codeine are few of the commonly abused prescription drugs. As these drugs are generally costly and available only on producing a valid medical prescription, most individuals often turn to heroin which is much cheaper and readily available.

Once injected into the veins, heroin latches onto the nerve cells in the brain to release feel-good chemicals such as dopamine to get the user high. Frequent abuse soon leads to addiction in a bid to obtain that next high. One of the most significant areas of risk with the use of drugs is the connection between drugs and crime. The existing drug distribution network is the major cause of many criminal behaviors. The illicit manufacture, transportation and distribution of drugs involve several unlawful activities. In addition to the physical and mental health disorders, widespread addiction to drugs has fueled a severe nationwide crisis by sustaining various types of pre-existing criminal activities.

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