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Police seize 33 pounds of fentanyl in Boston

Published On: 03-05-2018 in Category: drug trafficking

Police seize 33 pounds of fentanyl in Boston

In a major drug bust, officers of Boston Police Department (BPD) have confiscated over 33 pounds of fentanyl in the city. According to authorities, the seized fentanyl is enough to kill 7 million people or the entire population of Massachusetts. The synthetic opioid drug was being sold on the city’s streets by a gang having ties with Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa cartel. In addition to fentanyl, authorities also seized cocaine, heroin, opioids, and drug proceeds of $300,000 in cash.

The drug bust was an outcome of a wiretap investigation called “Operation High Hopes”, which spanned for a period of six months. “I want to be clear about the size and scope here. Massachusetts’ fentanyl trafficking statute covers quantities greater than 10 grams. That threshold represents less than 1/1000 of the quantity we’ve taken off the street,” District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a press conference on Feb. 8, 2018. Conley also said that drug dealers who buy and sell at this level are generally traffickers who sell addictive substances that can kill more people in Massachusetts than all road accidents, murders, and suicides combined.

During the course of investigation, BPD arrested many traffickers. One of the biggest names on the list of arrested people was 42-year-old Robert Contreras of Boston, whose bail is set at $1 million. Further, toward the end of 2017, authorities arrested 43-year-old Edward Soto-Perez of Boston, who allegedly used couriers to dispatch the drugs and take cash payments. Soto-Perez was also an expert in dodging law enforcement authorities.

In Boston, drug abuse is no longer limited to urban settlements. Instead, it is widely prevalent all over, including rural communities. Crack cocaine happens to be the primary drug of abuse in the inner-city neighborhoods in the Boston area owing to large-scale distribution activities carried out by African American and Hispanic criminal groups and street gangs from all over Massachusetts. In recent years, areas such as Charlestown in Northern Boston have witnessed a surge in overdose deaths involving heroin.

Fentanyl is a deadly drug

Similar to other addictive drugs, fentanyl is known to alter the brain’s reward centers to cause addiction to the drug. It also has an immediate effect on the body and even a miniscule amount can damage the respiratory system to a large extent. Surprisingly, fentanyl is also available in the illicit drug markets in the form of counterfeit pills. For an individual abusing the drug in a non-clinical environment, it can prove to be lethal as the difference between a therapeutic dose and a self-administered dose is almost negligible.

Owing to high potential for abuse and psychological dependence, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified fentanyl as a Schedule II narcotic under the United States Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Going forward, the DEA also plans to include illicit fentanyl analogues in the Schedule II drug category, along with heroin, due to their enormous potential to cause addiction in users.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to fentanyl 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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