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San Diego driver arrested for transporting cocaine, heroin
During a traffic stop on Aug. 27, 2017, federal authorities arrested 33-year-old tractor-trailer driver Abraham Castro of San Diego on charges of traffic violations on the New Jersey Turnpike. As investigating officers approached the vehicle headed northbound via Essex County, another passenger, 42-year-old Hector Leonel Lucas-Ramos, suddenly sprang out of the vehicle to zip up a large bag before the officers could learn about it. A thorough inspection of the vehicle by suspicious officers led to the discovery of more than 310 pounds of packaged cocaine and heroin in five bags.
According to the authorities, Castro admitted that he was aware of the drugs being transported in his truck. Meanwhile, Lucas-Ramos admitted to the officers that the duo had earlier made a similar trip to collect a significant amount of drug proceeds. Both the men have been arrested on charges of possession of drugs and the intent to distribute.
Cocaine menace is a reality across America
Extensive research suggests that cocaine is the second most popular illicit recreational drug among Americans after marijuana. The use of cocaine is predominant among middle and upper class society surpassing all barriers of age, race and professional backgrounds. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report, 968,000 people aged 12 or older initiated cocaine use in the past year, registering a 26 percent increase compared with 2014.
Similarly, the number of young Americans who were first-time cocaine users shot to an extraordinary 61 percent during 2013-2015. This phenomenal spike in cocaine consumption is generally linked to the exceptional coca harvest in Colombia on nearly 400,000 acres of land. Bolivia, Colombia and Peru are the greatest cocaine producers worldwide, and undoubtedly, the United States is the biggest cocaine market globally with a large consumer base.
Cocaine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. Ingesting or inhaling cocaine causes immense dopamine rush, resulting in euphoric sensations. As in the case of any stimulant, intoxicant or drug, prolonged use of cocaine can lead to long-term modifications in the brain’s reward system and other brain functions ending in total dependence.
Over a period of time, people addicted to cocaine build greater resistance and indulge in taking stronger and higher amounts of the drug to experience the same level of euphoria as in the case of the previous doses. Apart from alcohol, cocaine is the most common drug, which causes the maximum number of emergency room visits in hospitals across the U.S.
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to cocaine or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The San Diego 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 619-567-2107 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.