Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

 

Heroin and Drug Abuse in Henderson, Texas

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Benjamin Thomas Ferrell, 36, A Rusk County constable was arrested last week on federal drug and weapons charges.  His wife, Amanda Gayle Ferrell was arrested for delivering a controlled substance.

Ferrell has served as Precinct 2 constable in Rusk County since winning the office in 2004. Both of these people posted bond and were released.

The indictment stated, “Benjamin Thomas Ferrell is alleged to have collaborated with an unindicted co-conspirator from December 2001 to January 2012 to possess with intent to distribute phentermine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and marijuana.  The indictment alleges that he also sold an SKS assault rifle to a known felon on Jan. 12”

If Ferrell is convicted he is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for the dug violation and 10 years for the firearms offense.  A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, FBI East Texas HIDTA Task Force and the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.  Jim Middleton is the Assistant US Attorney who is prosecuting.  Rusk County Sheriff, Danny Pirtle commended all the officers who were in the investigation.  He said, “Due to the professionalism and specialized training, the investigation went as planned.  We appreciate the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents for a job well done.”

And so it goes in this great country.  People who we vote into office are sometimes not to be trusted.  He obviously used his position as constable to be in the forefront of the public.  Can you imagine what the guys who did buy from him would say?  They probably had little to no respect for our political system because they knew this guy was getting away with this illegal activity.

Well I guess if you have to buy drugs you just as soon get it from a constable of your district.  It can give you the idea that drugs are safe in this country.

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Marijuana and Heroin in Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Just this last year there was one of the biggest marijuana busts in the history of Chicago Police Department.  The detectives said they were watching a certain suspect because he was going to several meeting that indicated some drug dealings.  They stopped him for questioning and found one bale of marijuana in his car.  This 35 year old lived in Lyons.  The detectives followed him to his home and that is where they discovered 5,525 pounds of marijuana.  That’s right there were 224 more bales of marijuana stashed in his home.  This is a street value of more than $20 million.  The Chicago Police Department detectives kept the investigations up and found that this 35 year old had loaded these bales into his home through a printing company warehouse that was attached to the back of his house.  They also concluded that these drugs originated in Mexico and they were packaged for distribution once they arrived in Chicago.  This young man was charged with the highest-level felony, a Class X, for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis.  He could be jailed up to 30 years.  A high price to pay to deal in drugs.

Chicago residents know that dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant are called marijuana.  “Cannabis” describes any of the different drugs that come from Indian hemp like marijuana and hashish.  Doesn’t matter what the name of it is this drug is a hallucinogen which is a substance that distorts how the mind perceives the world around it.  And this drug is affecting the communities in and around Chicago. There is a chemical inside cannabis known as “THC”.  It all depends on the strength of the marijuana you have as to the amount of THC it has.  Now we know that marijuana is plentiful in Chicago.  The hemp plant was grown for use as a hallucinogen more than 2,000 years ago.  This plant is where the cannabis drugs like marijuana and hashish are made from.  Cannabis can contain well over 400 different chemicals with the main one being THC.  The amount of THC will determine the strength of the drug.  When this plant is grown the weather and soil determine the percentage of THC in the plant.  Developers are now using modern farming techniques for strains of cannabis that have much higher levels of THC.  1% in 1974 and 4% in 1994 was the levels of THC.  In 2008, levels reached 9.6%.  These drugs came from Mexico so we do not know where they were grown.  It is only a good thing that they are off the streets.

Drug rehabs in Chicago, Illinois should be prepared for an increase in drug abuse.

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Meth and Heroin in San Jose, California

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Today on March 5, 2012 there were three men all of San Jose that were arrested and charged in connection with one of the largest methamphetamine seizures in American History.

Anthony D. Williams Drug Enforcement Special Agent in Charge; Dennis Burns, Palo Alto Police Department Chief; Chris Moore, Sand Jose Police Department Chief and Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney made the announcement.  All of these people were involved with the investigation and the ultimate arrest and they are to be congratulated.  This was the largest drug bust in history.

The detectives from Palo Alto Police Department were following up on some information they got concerning stolen iPads.  This investigation led them to an apartment located in San Jose.  They were doing a preliminary search and they observed this large quantity of methamphetamine.  These detectives knew they had come across a big bust so they called the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for some help.  That is when they called in the DEA San Jose Resident Office.  As a result of the investigation they seized approximately 750 pounds of methamphetamine; this supply has a street value of $34 million.  They also found items believed to be stolen from Palo Alto at this location.

These three guys were charged and arraigned with state law violations: conspiracy to transport a controlled substance; manufacturing a controlled substance; possession for sale of a controlled substance; child endangerment; gang enhancement because the investigation is believed to be tied to a Mexican drug trafficking organization.  Bail was set at $2 million each.  Of course in America, the charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This supply of METH is off the streets now and that is 750 pounds less that will be distributed in these communities.  If you know someone who needs help to get off drugs; get them to an inpatient treatment center where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

If you or someone you love needs a California heroin rehab, call our hotline now at 1-877-340-3602.

 

Drugs and Heroin in Ohio

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

At Ohio State University there were studies done by researchers to examine bullying and substance use and abuse.  They looked at more than 74,000 students in all public, private and Catholic middle and high schools in Franklin County, Ohio, which includes Columbus.  Some of the facts they came up with was that about 30 percent of middle school students and 23 percent of high school students were thought of as being bullies, bully victims or both, called a bully-victim.  More interesting information is that substance use was defined as smoking, drinking, or using marijuana at least once a month.  Fewer than 5 percent of middle school students reported substance use.  When they looked at high school students they found 32 percent drank alcohol, 14 percent smoked cigarettes and 16 percent used marijuana.  So they did find a link between bullying involvement and substance use.  Here are some more statistics.  Marijuana use was reported by only 1.6 percent of middle school students not involved in bullying, compared with 11.4 percent of bullies, 6.1 percent of bully-victim and 2.4 percent of victims.  Marijuana use was reported by 13.3 percent of high school students not involved in bullying, compared with 31.7 percent of bullies, 29.2 percent of bully-victims, and 16.6 percent of victims.  When they looked at alcohol and cigarette use the results were the same as with marijuana.  This was according to the study in the April issue of Addictive Behavior.  Kisha Radliff, lead author and an assistant professor of school psychology said, “Our findings suggest that one deviant behavior may be related to another.  For example, youth who bully others might be more likely to also try substance use.  The reverse could also be true in that youth who use substances might be more likely to bully others.”

This all adds up to when young people do drugs their behavior changes and it could account for what is going on in America right now with bullying.  If you know someone who wants or needs help to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center where they can get a safe and natural way to detox and withdraw.  There is a place like that.  Something can be done about it.

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Heroin, Drugs, and Pregnancy

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Having graduated from a suburban high school near Columbus, OH about twenty years ago, I am getting in touch with former classmates to figure out plans.  I volunteered to be one of the people to call and email everyone to see who can come and who can help.  What an adventure this has been to reconnect with so many people I had not thought of in years.    However, as you can imagine, there are some names that I felt hesitant to call.  Every class had some kids that were on drugs, and all this time later, I am finding out what happened everyone.

Recently,  I  spoke to Stacey, a girl who was troubled throughout the years I had known her.  We didn’t mingle in the same crowds.  I barely knew her personally, but I knew of her reputation for being interested in trying any drug she could get her hands on.  As a person who hates bad news, I was afraid to ask her much about her current life.  However, Stacey opened up to me immediately.  She told me all about her three daughters who are having similar struggles in school.  One was kicked out of high school for disruptive behavior, one was caught smoking marijuana behind the school, and the other is trying to be follow the rules of society, but is struggling with her grades and is in remedial classes.  I had to wonder about whether Stacey’s use of drugs might have had an effect on her kids.  Shortly after graduation, it was rumored that Stacey was pregnant with a dealer’s baby.  I myself never saw her again as I went off to college in Illinois, but another classmate had seen her looking very pregnant and and very stoned near a local bar.  The timing would be about right for the oldest daughter to be that same baby.

I decided to do some internet research.  An article called “Drug Use and Pregnancy” on WebMD.com stated that “exposure to drugs such as marijuana and alcohol before birth has been shown to cause behavior problems in early childhood. These drugs can also affect the child’s memory and attentiveness.  In addition, some findings show that babies born to women who use cocaine, alcohol, or tobacco when they are pregnant may have brain structure changes that persist into early adolescence.”   The article further cites a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse stating that “exposure to cocaine in the womb can lead to subtle, yet significant, deficits later in children. These deficits usually show up in areas such as cognitive performance, information-processing, and attention to tasks. These are areas that are vital for success not just in school but also in life.”

Although Stacey made it clear to me that her partying days were over with and that I could count on her to attend the reunion,  I could clearly see that the aftermath of her drug usage would last her entire life.  She had three children with serious problems that likely stemmed from using drugs in her pregnancies.   She would always have a difficult road ahead of her because of drug abuse and so would the children.

Many drug rehabs in Columbus, Ohio are ill equipped to deal with heroin addiction and the abuse of other street drugs.

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Drug and Heroin Abuse in Tucson, Arizona

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The Federal Authorities in the Phoenix, Arizona area is stating that 12 people have been arrested and more than 220 pounds of drugs seized as part on an eight-month investigation into drug trafficking.

This operation was called, “Operation Smoke in Glass,” and it targeted a large-scale drug trafficking organization linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel.  Many of the officials in the Arizona area have noted that the cartel has been smuggling large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexicali and Sonoita up to Phoenix and Tucson area since 2009.  The way the organization was smuggling was by backpackers transporting the dug loads across the Arizona-Mexico border.  Then the drugs were stored in different stash houses that were located in west Phoenix and then all of these drugs were distributed to different locations in western and Midwestern states.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration officials say nine simultaneous search warrants on some of those suspected stash houses were conducted and many arrest in the case are anticipated.

The words crystal Meth is just short for methamphetamine.  It is a crystalline drug that is white.  It is taken in by snorting it, smoking it or injecting it.  Some people are known to take it orally.  When they take it they get a false sense of happiness and well-being.  So it is easy to develop a strong desire to continue using it.  The get a rush of confidence, hyper activeness and energy.  Methamphetamine is an illegal drug and it ranks at the top with cocaine and other street drugs.  On the street they call it meth, crank, chalk or speed.

Heroin is made from the resin of poppy plants.  Milky sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower.  This opium is refined to make morphine, and then further refined into different forms of heroin.  Most heroin is injected, and that creates additional risks for the user.  These users on a daily basis face the danger of AIDS or other infection on the top of the pain of addiction.

Drug abusers refer to cocaine as “snow,” “sniff,” or “coke”.  Cocaine is commonly abused in Phoenix, Arizona either in its powder form or in solid rocks known as crack cocaine.  Cocaine is produced from the active ingredient in the coca plant, and is one of the most highly addictive drugs found in the streets of Phoenix.  Coke produces a rapid, concentrated high that leads into an edgy, depressed state that causes its user to crave more.  Cocaine abusers experience a skyrocketing heart rate, spasms and conclusions.

No matter how much was smuggled into Phoenix or Tucson there are many drug abusers who will use what they sell on the streets.  Help someone you know get off of drugs.  Get them to a safe and natural place where they can detox and withdraw in this safe environment.

Tucson, Arizona drug rehabs are often challenged to provide the proper care.

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Colorado police charge woman of killing cat with heroin smoke

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Police in Boulder, Colorado have charged a 21-year-old Danielle Blankenship with third degree assault and animal cruelty.

Officials appeared at the scene of the crimes after Blankenship’s boyfriend called 9-1-1 after she allegedly became violent. He said that the incident happened after she was using heroin. Blankenship denied ever using heroin.

Boulder authorities also noticed a cat on the scene that was unresponsive and appeared to be poisoned. Blankenship’s boyfriend stated that she had blown smoke in the cat’s face while she was abusing heroin, and since that point the cat’s condition had worsened.

Heroin purity has risen in recent years, giving rise to a new young generation that smokes the drug instead of injecting it. There is a strong stigma against using needles, but no such stigma against smoking. Unfortunately, heroin can be just as dangerous when it is smoked as when it is injected. Moreover, it’s been proven time and time again that smoking heroin eventually leads to injecting it, because as tolerance builds it becomes more and more difficult for the user to get high from just smoking.

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This incident proves that effective Colorado heroin rehabs are needed now more than ever.

New Abuse-Proof Drugs Increase Heroin Addiction

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

New formulations of the painkiller OxyContin may have reduced the ability of addicts to abuse it, but it still isn’t keeping them from getting their fix – one way or another. Heroin addiction is on the rise as “oxy” addicts turn to the opiate for an easier high.

Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, released a crush-proof version of its drug last summer. Now users have to go to extreme efforts in order to get high on the drug by sniffing it up their nose, and many are using the cheaper and easier heroin instead.

Unfortunately, heroin abuse, which was on the decline until recent years, is one of the most deadly forms of drug abuse in the United States. The population of heroin users have some of the worst mortality rates out of any segment of the population. This is largely because heroin destroys the person’s physical health, leaving them susceptible to disease and malnutrition. Heroin users are also at risk of needle-sharing related illnesses such as HIV and Hepatitis-B.

This new wave of heroin abusers call the newest formulation of OxyContin “gummies” (because they get stuck between the teeth when you chew them) or “jellynoses” (because they cake in the nostrils if snorted). While OxyContin addicts have still been able to abuse the drug, many just want an easier high.

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