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Marijuana bags, gun seized in Boston drug bust

Published On: 08-10-2017 in Category: addiction, drug trafficking, marijuana

Police officers conducting an investigation in the 700 block of Morrissey Boulevard arrested two men on July 20, 2017, for their alleged involvement in a drug deal. The two suspects — Dimitri Thomas of Hyde Park and Gomes-Fernandes of Boston – both 24, have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, ammunition and drugs, media reports said.

Officers observed suspicious-looking individuals approaching a vehicle with people inside. After giving it a good chase, one of the officers managed to stop the vehicle near Neponset Avenue and Parkman Street. A thorough search of the vehicle led to the seizure of two bags of marijuana, $7,000 in cash from the front seat, besides a loaded Remington Rand .45 cal handgun and other drug-related paraphernalia.

Marijuana is an addictive drug

With more and more pro-cannabis propaganda emphasizing on decriminalization of the drug nationwide, many fear that its harmful and addictive nature will get diluted in the long run. Research shows that it is almost impossible to encounter an American teenager who hasn’t been exposed to weed. According to Behavioral Health Barometer Massachusetts, 2015, a report prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 8 in 10 (79.9 percent) adolescents aged 12-17 in 2013-2014 perceived no great risk from smoking marijuana once a month in the state. Sadly, the percentage is higher than the national figure.

Although cannabis is enjoying a moment of growing popularity nationwide, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved its medicinal value. It continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of its high potential for abuse. One cannot deny the absence of significant harmful effects linked to cannabis abuse and dependence. Experts highlight that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main mind-altering ingredient in the cannabis plant that is responsible for addiction and inducing powerful urges to get high in chronic users.

Even though crack cocaine happens to be the primary drug of choice in the inner-city neighborhoods in the Boston area owing to vast distribution activities conducted by African American and Hispanic criminal groups and street gangs from all over Massachusetts, high-potency marijuana smuggled from Canada is another popular drug in the region and is preferred over its Mexican counterpart.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Boston 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 857-254-1818 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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