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Police seize large amount of marijuana in South Boston

Published On: 02-01-2018 in Category: drug trafficking

Police seize large amount of marijuana in South Boston

When police arrested two men in downtown Boston on Jan. 17, 2018, for rash driving, a large amount of marijuana and over $36,000 in cash were also seized from their car. Police officers from District A-1 pursued the vehicle as it sped through the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Marginal Road. The officers finally managed to pull the car over when it turned toward Tremont Street and nabbed the two accused — 32-year-old Terry Saint-Fleur of Hyde Park and 47-year-old Yueyi Chen of Dorchester. According to the police, an odor of burnt marijuana was emanating from the car and both the men looked very nervous.

Besides the cash and marijuana, a thorough search of the car also led to recovery of five mobile phones, gold-colored jewelry bag and a black MTech spring-assisted knife. Both the men face charges of drug possession and distribution. Additionally, Saint-Fleur was charged for traffic violations and Chen for not wearing a seatbelt.

Boston is one of the several cities across Massachusetts, which have been transformed into a hotspot for drug trafficking and distribution in recent years. African American and Hispanic criminal groups and street gangs from all over Massachusetts engage in large scale distribution of crack cocaine, which also happens to be the major drug of abuse in the neighborhoods of Boston. Besides cocaine, marijuana is another largely abused drug in the region, with most using high-potency pot trafficked from Canada, a preferred drug over its Mexican variant.

Battling marijuana addiction

Though the popularity of medical marijuana is growing across the United States, the therapeutic value of the drug continues to remain a highly contentious issue. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I substance, along with drugs such as heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ecstasy, methaqualone and peyote, due to its addictive nature and large potential for abuse.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that is responsible for addiction and triggers cravings in chronic users. Research suggests that extended use of marijuana can affect short-term memory, impair motor coordination and impact concentration adversely, while inhaling pot smoke can cause significant damage to the respiratory tract.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million people aged 12 or older – representing 8.9 percent of the population in the age group — were current users of marijuana in the U.S. in 2016. Nevertheless, addiction is not the end of the road for an individual as a turnaround is possible with timely intervention at a reputed treatment center. It is more of a disease than a crime. One should not delay in seeking a professional detox treatment. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other drug, 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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