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Los Angeles police seize meth burritos in traffic stop, arrest driver
Published On: 02-13-2018 in Category: addiction
What an untrained eye may fail to see cannot escape the ever-vigilant sight of law enforcement authorities. On Feb. 3, 2018, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers with the Rampart division were prompt to seize methamphetamine disguised as burritos, the popular takeaway Mexican food.
During a routine traffic stop in Boston Street and Edgeware Road, LAPD officers pulled a driver over after they observed him behaving in a suspicious manner. Following a thorough search of the vehicle, the police discovered 14 burritos packages stashed in a bag. However, a careful examination exposed the man’s ploy to transport over 25 pounds of meth. The officers also found a handgun and hundreds of dollars in cash in the vehicle. The driver was later arrested on drug-related charges.
In recent years, drug traffickers have resorted to ingenious ways to transport illicit substances in order to dodge law enforcement authorities. Passing off drugs as eatables or snacks is one of the most time-tested methods used by traffickers and dealers. Mexican drug cartels make billions of dollars each year by pushing drugs into Los Angeles and other Californian cities, both for selling within the state as well as other parts of the U.S.
Authorities attribute the increasing movement of narcotics across the U.S. to the rising demand for drugs among consumers nationwide. Experts believe the spike in addiction rates is fueled by a corresponding demand for drugs. Therefore, it’s crucial to educate vulnerable individuals about the potential risks associated with the extended use of drugs in order to prevent health hazards in the future.
Methamphetamine is a deadly CNS stimulant
Meth addiction has become a crisis in the U.S. today. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were approximately 667,000 current methamphetamine users aged 12 or older in that year. Available as bitter-tasting white crystals or pills, the drug is an addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, inducing users to binge on it.
Like other parts of the country, meth use is growing in California as well. The trend is visible in the rise in numbers of meth labs across the state in hotel rooms, homes and even cars. Generally, small-scale and highly-mobile labs produce meth, which is sufficient for personal use. Law enforcement authorities fear that meth use may increase criminal activities in the state, which will affect several neighborhoods and cost a huge sum of money to the county.
Binging on the drug is most likely to induce seizures, muscle degeneration, weight loss, internal bleeding, mood disorders, psychosis and violent behavior. Besides, overdosing on meth can severely damage kidney due to overheating. The most obvious sign of meth addiction is an overall zombie-like appearance and behavior.
Leading a drug-free life
If you or a loved one is addicted to methamphetamine or any other harmful substance, seek treatment immediately. The Los Angeles 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 213-986-2445 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.