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Boston police seize heroin, cash in Hyde Park neighborhood

Published On: 05-16-2017 in Category: Drug abuse, drug trafficking, prescription drug abuse

Responding to a tip-off, officers of the Boston Police Department’s Drug Control Unit have arrested two men on drug-related charges in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood. This was a part of an ongoing investigation in 28 Intervale Street in Dorchester.

On April 12, 2017, 38-year-old Wilfrid Henry-Larouche of Dorchester and 27-year-old Edward Velez-Sierra of Jamaica Plain were taken into police custody for possession of 60 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia and $13,220 in cash. Both Henry-Larouche and Velez-Sierra were charged with trafficking a Class A substance and were produced in a Dorchester District Court.

Drug menace in Boston area

The skyrocketing numbers of opioid overdose-related deaths in the Boston area are alarming. Trends show that those addicted to prescription painkillers often switch to heroin due to economic reasons, as heroin is a street cousin of opioids available at a much lesser cost. The area, which has borne the brunt of the opioid epidemic, is a strip of Boston better known as Methadone Mile. Lying at the periphery of Boston’s South End, Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods, this place abounds in homeless people addicted to heroin and opioids. The devastating consequences of drug addiction are visible all over the Methadone Mile area with drug dealers, used hypodermic needles and zombie-like addicts dominating its landscape.

In Boston, heroin abuse is no longer confined to urban areas, instead, it is widely prevalent in rural communities, wreaking havoc among young adults and teenagers. Neighborhoods like Charlestown in Northern Boston have experienced a spike in heroin-related overdose deaths. Crack cocaine happens to be the primary drug of abuse in the inner-city neighborhoods in Boston owing to large-scale distribution activities carried out by African American and Hispanic criminal groups and street gangs from all over Massachusetts. Marijuana is another widely abused substance in the region, with most making high-potency pot smuggled from Canada, a preferred drug over its Mexican counterpart.

A study of the rising number of overdosing cases in the Boston city area found that abuse of heroin as well as prescription drugs were responsible for the situation. Individuals are abusing controlled prescription drugs such as opioids, which are known to pleasurable highs similar to heroin. Methadone, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and Codeine are few of the commonly abused prescription drugs. As they are generally costly and available only on producing a valid medical prescription, most individuals addicted to prescription drugs often turn to heroin, which is much cheaper and readily available. Many cities across the state of Massachusetts such as Fall River, Lynn, Lowell, Lawrence, Roxbury and Springfield with huge ethnic populations have been transformed to hotspots for drug trafficking and distribution.

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