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Bullhead City police arrest Riverside man for possessing meth

Published On: 04-26-2018 in Category: drug bust

Officers of the Bullhead City Police Department (BCPD) have arrested a 20-year-old man from Riverside, California, on multiple charges, including possession of methamphetamine and fleeing from the scene of an accident. On April 11, 2018, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office informed the BCPD that they were actively searching for a stolen vehicle that had brought them to Bullhead City limits. However, Bullhead City police didn’t take over the pursuit over fears of endangering the safety of the other vehicles on the road.

Subsequently, the Riverside man, identified as Andrew Everett Blakley, continued speeding recklessly until he rammed his car into two other vehicles at the intersection of Highway 95 and Riverview Drive, according to police. However, following the collision, Blakley fled from the scene of the accident and drove his vehicle to the point when it ceased to function. Then, he escaped into a desert area where he was nabbed by a citizen who handed him over to the police. Later, a thorough search led to the discovery of a small plastic bag of methamphetamine in Blakley’s sock and a meth pipe in his pocket. He was then booked and moved to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

In recent years, the huge volume of traffic plying through the various checkpoints along the southwest border provides sufficient opportunities to Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) to transport illicit drugs like methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and cocaine to stash houses in Californian cities. Further, from these transit stash houses, the drugs are transported to other U.S. cities for local use and to drug markets in the north and west through the intricate network of local smugglers.

Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug

Resembling ice fragments, methamphetamine has a clear, bluish-white glassy appearance and often has a smell comparable to ammonia, burning plastic or even cat urine. It is an addictive stimulant-hallucinogenic compound with a high potential for abuse and dependence, leading to numerous physical as well as mental health hazards. The central districts of California are highly vulnerable to the killer drug. In fact, the Riverside and San Bernardino County area is often cited as the “methamphetamine capital” of the U.S.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 667,000 people aged 12 or older were current users of methamphetamine in that year. Meth can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or smoked. Its effects generally last for up to eight hours. Meth addiction leads to high demand, which, in turn, nurtures crime. The government is trying hard to combat the addiction problem and is spreading awareness about the misuse of drugs. However, these efforts will fructify only when people also pledge to end the menace at their level.

Combating menace of addiction

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to meth or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Riverside 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 951-221-4018 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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