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Border Patrol discovers cocaine worth $1 million in Temecula
Border Patrol (BP) agents have arrested two men on charges of smuggling cocaine at a checkpoint in Temecula, Riverside County. The men—both in their thirties—were driving a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan on Interstate 15 in Temecula, when the agents pulled them aside to conduct a vehicle search. During the search on Sept. 28, 2017, a K9 alerted the officers toward 32 bundles of cocaine hidden in the bumper and front wheel wells. Authorities said the drug bundles weighed 75.96 pounds and estimated the consignment to be worth $987,454, media reports said
Both the accused have been sent to a Riverside County detention facility and face drug trafficking charges. Since Oct. 1, 2016, BP agents in the San Diego Sector have confiscated 2,960 pounds of cocaine during searches. Above all, border authorities attribute the soaring rates of cross-border drug trafficking to the growing rates of addiction in the United States.
Cocaine is a life-wrecking drug
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), cocaine is the second most popular illegal drug of choice nationwide after marijuana, responsible for the highest number of visits to emergency rooms in the United States. Nevertheless, the U.S. is the largest consumer of cocaine worldwide, with people of all age groups and ethnicities are hooked on the white powder. It is one of the deadliest drugs on the earth, which makes the brain’s pleasure centers to burst with euphoria, paving the way for total psychological dependence on it.
Scientists say extended use of cocaine leads to cardiovascular disorders, heart failures and chronic heart rhythm problems. One of the significant damages attributed to cocaine is that the drug is capable of shrinking the brain. Compared to non-users, studies show, those dependent on cocaine lose considerable amounts of gray matter in the prefrontal and temporal areas of the brain, which are concerned with major functions such as decision-making attention and memory.
In recent years, the enormous volume of traffic plying through the various checkpoints along the southwest border provides ample opportunities to Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) to transport cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and other illicit drugs produced in Mexico and other South American countries to various cities across the U.S. Moreover, lured by the desire to make millions of dollars, drug cartels have invested in the latest technologies to carry out cross-border narcotic trafficking activities. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials say that more and more traffickers are smuggling cocaine into the state of Florida since 2007. According to NBC Miami, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Florida seized about 9,500 pounds of cocaine in 2015, a figure which was 61 percent more that the seizures in 2014.
Leading a drug-free life
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to cocaine or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Riverside Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 951-221-4018 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.