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Man arrested on charges of drug trafficking outside Los Angeles International Airport
Recently the busy Los Angeles International Airport came to a halt when police officers arrested man at gunpoint. In September this year, during a stopover at the lower level outside Terminal 3, LAX police arrested Larry McKenney, 35, of Texas, at gunpoint, on charges of possessing drugs and a stolen 2013 Chevrolet Sonic.
This unpremeditated arrest triggered a security breach when scared passengers rushed past the transportation security administration screening area without getting screened. Many others crowded the airfield by entering through an emergency exit. As a result, police officers were forced to evacuate the gates, shops, restaurants and corridors inside Terminal 3, had sniffer dogs brought in to conduct security check and had the passengers re-screened to prevent any mishap.
According to Charles Pannunzio, spokesman for the Los Angeles World Airports, “Terminal 3 serves a handful of airlines, including Frontier, JetBlue and Virgin America. Sunday’s incident resulted in delays for 18 flights . . . and resulted in the rescreening of as many as 2,000 travelers.”
Drug trafficking in California
The fact that California is close to the Mexican borders makes it popular among drug cartels and other trafficking rings as it enables them to operate with ease. Besides, its extensive air, road and rail transportation network makes it an ideal distribution center of drugs to other parts of the state as well as the country.
Federal, state and local authorities have designated four counties — Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino, as part of the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and the San Diego and Imperial Counties as part of the Southwest Border HIDTA to help drug agents in these areas bust drug trafficking gangs and drug transportation corridors.
Under Californian law, transporting drugs is a felony. As per the California Health and Safety Code Section 11379, selling, transporting, importing, exporting, giving away or otherwise distributing certain controlled substances is illegal. Several factors are taken into consideration while determining the punishment for drug trafficking-related offenses, such as type and quantity of drugs involved, geographic area of distribution and involvement of minors.
Drug trafficking not only applies to the illegal distribution of drugs classified as controlled substances by federal or state laws, but also, includes illicit dealings of off-the-counter prescription drugs or antidepressants such as pain relievers or sleeping pills which are actually hydrocodone products and pharmaceutical opiates.
There is hope!
Both drugs and crime don’t operate in isolation, rather they feed on each other. Law enforcement authorities are making consistent efforts to tackle the growing illicit manufacture and distribution of drugs, and develop measures to eliminate the menace from every nook and corner of America.
Nevertheless, the cure to any addiction depends on an individual’s readiness to break free and lead a normal life. Customized behavioral therapies are an efficient way to combat abuse and dependence, and are time-tested methods to help people abandon addiction and walk toward sobriety.
If you or your loved one is addicted to drugs, seek treatment immediately. The Los Angeles Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 213-986-2445 or chat online with our representatives for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.