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Boston teen arrested days after 2 men’s death by heroin overdose
Published On: 04-05-2016 in Category: addiction
A 17-year-old boy from Boston was arrested on April 1, 2016 on suspicion of supplying class A drugs, and a small quantity of drugs was seized. The arrest took place from a house in Brady Street following a tip-off. The raid was part of an investigation into the recent death of two persons in the town.
Officers are still investigating whether the deaths were caused by a bad batch of heroin, according to reports. While the body of a 22-year-old man was found in woodland on Fenside Road on March 26, a 42-year-old man was found dead in a house on Union Street three days later.
According to a police spokesman, both the men were “involved in the use of heroin and one line of enquiry is that they suffered an adverse reaction to a particular batch.”
Earlier, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, a month-long investigation had led to the arrest of two men and seizure of almost 5 pound heroin in Boston in February 2016. Authorities are scrutinizing every detail to combat drug problems in the state.
Massachusetts has witnessed an increase in deadly heroin and opioid overdoses in the past few years. According to a January 2016 report by CNN, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health revealed that there was a 63 percent jump in opioid deaths from 2012 to 2014 and 1,089 people died from opioid overdoses during 2014.
It’s not just opioids, people are also taking the path of heroin addiction as a means to enjoy life. The presence of drug cartel is only adding to these alarming numbers. Sporadic arrests confirm the presence of drug traffickers in and around Boston.
Investigation that led to arrest
Authorities said Jorge Luis Mendez-Baez, 26, of Mattapan, and Luis Medina-Feliciano, 40, South End, were arrested after they sold over 200 gram heroin to an undercover state trooper. Police allegedly found 17 baggies of heroin from Medina-Feliciano when he was arrested.
While executing search warrants at both the men’s homes, the police seized more than 2 kg of a substance and a semiautomatic handgun. The substance in powder form was found to be either heroin or fentanyl. According to the DA’s office, both are arrested for distribution, trafficking and violating state laws.
As per a report published in the Boston News in February 2016, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley feels that the bust indicates towards an organized racket. “When police recover a handgun next to several pounds of narcotics, we can’t pretend that a drug trafficker is a nonviolent offender. This was careful, methodical work to disrupt a high-level narcotics distribution group, and it could very well save lives in Boston and beyond,” he said.
Efforts to combat drug abuse
Boston has been working towards combatting drug problems in the region. The statistics revealed in Common Health digital platform that Boston’s EMS responded to 135,040 calls in 2014. Most of them suffered from narcotic related illness (NRI) and the trend has only been growing since 2010. Just like a public health emergency, Boston is seeing a huge number of heroin abusers.
Even though investigations and arrests can help prevent supply of drugs, there is a need for better awareness among the youth. Consequences of drugs can be devastating if not treated on time and can pull others into such activities as part of recreational activity. The brain functioning and behavior get affected due to the complexities of addiction to drugs.
A person with a problem of drug addiction is unlikely to reach out for help or get enrolled in a de-addiction program on his own. If you or your loved one needs a treatment for drug abuse, call the Boston Drug Treatment and Rehab Center at 857-254-1818 to find out more about certified medical interventions and services. Our experts available at the 24/7 helpline are willing to answer your queries.