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Gang members arrested in meth case
In August this year, Ernie Hernandez, 55, Eastside Riva street gang leader, besides three of his accomplices, Angel Hernandez, 34, his son, Gilberto Diaz, 30, and Bryan Deniz, 25, were arrested in the Riverside area on charges of illegally distributing methamphetamine.
Members of this gang were known for having terrorized the Riverside area. They not only trafficked drugs but used violence and firearms. According to the United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker, “law enforcement will continue to prosecute gang leaders and members to make our neighborhoods safer.” The four accused will be tried in Los Angeles.
In the event of a possible conviction, Ernie, Deniz and Diaz could each end up serving 10 years in prison and can even be awarded a life sentence. While Angel could face a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.
Meth is inundating California
Popularly known as speed, ice, meth, crystal, crank, fire and glass, methamphetamine is one of the many addictive stimulant-hallucinogenic compounds whose abuse can cause addiction. Meth distribution is prevalent and a real threat in the central districts of California, in fact, the Riverside and San Bernardino County area is often cited as the “methamphetamine capital of the United States.”
Recent reports show that Mexican drug cartels have flooded Southern California with the deadly drug, by stepping up production and trafficking, with intent to distribute it across cities in the U.S. Such criminal groups are responsible for producing approximately 95 percent of all methamphetamine available in the state. In addition, highly organized Asian criminal gangs dominate the meth market in the Los Angeles area. At the retail level, Hispanic gangs are the leading distributors of meth. Whereas, clandestine small-scale meth lab operators are prevalent all over the state, producing the drug for personal use as well as for a restricted number of buyers. Cheap over-the-counter ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold medicines are generally used by these illicit meth manufacturers.
Law enforcement authorities warn that the drug poses a huge threat to the safety and security of their respective jurisdictions, and have reported that the number of illegal methamphetamine laboratories in the state are growing.
Embracing a drug-free life
Classified as a Schedule II drug, meth is a central nervous system stimulant which can be procured only by producing a valid prescription. It is known to excite specific brain systems by causing a dopamine rush, which leaves a feeling of euphoria in the user. But, arrhythmia and ventricular fibrillation are the two main outcomes of a meth overdose. Addiction to the drug can lead to weight loss, stroke, hyperthermia, increased blood pressure and body temperature, and create blood clots.
If you or your loved one is addicted to meth or any other drug, seek treatment immediately. The Riverside Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number at 951-221-4018 or chat online for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.