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Norton police arrest student on drug trafficking charges

Published On: 11-02-2017 in Category: addiction

Norton police on Sept. 14, 2017, arrested a 20-year-old student on charges of drug trafficking after discovering a huge amount of different drugs in his car. A police officer was driving his vehicle down Mansfield Avenue, when he noticed Jedediah Daniel’s car following him closely with high beam lights switched on.

On pulling over the car, the officer found a duffel bag containing over five pounds of cocaine, marijuana, MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms. According to media reports, Daniel, a Wheaton College student from Pennsylvania, sprayed aerosol in his car and attempted to reach out for the open duffel bag, which made the officer suspicious. Following his arrest, Daniel’s bail was set at $25,000.

Massachusetts is in the grip of drug crisis

Addiction to South American heroin is viewed as the biggest threat to public health in Massachusetts, followed by prescription opioids such as Percocet (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone) and OxyContin, which have been responsible for several instances of fatal overdoses in the state. Dominican, Mexican, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, Honduran, Jamaican and Colombian drug traffickers are the major suppliers of heroin to Boston and other cities in Massachusetts through a complicated network of middlemen. Other cities in the state — Roxbury, Lynn Lowell, Fall River, Springfield and Lawrence — have also become drug trafficking and distribution hubs.

In the inner-city neighborhoods of the Boston area, crack cocaine seems to be the main drug of choice. Mostly, African American and Hispanic criminals and street gangs from all over Massachusetts control the distribution of crack cocaine in the city. Additionally, high-potency marijuana smuggled from Canada is gaining popularity in this region and is preferred over Mexican weed.

As the production and distribution of heroin and crack cocaine involve multiple illegal activities, experts warn of the possible risks due to the inevitable connection between drugs and crime. Under such circumstances, high rates of addiction have triggered a mental health as well as law and order crisis. Studies have revealed astonishing facts about the menace of drug addiction in the Boston area and across the state. The monumental numbers of prescription drug overdose-related deaths in the last two years show that those addicted to opioids often switch over to heroin because it is a cheap substitute offering similar or equivalent euphoria. Heroin abuse is no longer restricted to urban settlements, rather the presence of addiction among rural communities is alarming. In the light of such a crisis, emergency rooms across the state see four times the number of overdose cases involving heroin when compared to the entire nation.

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