With an increasing number of drug busts being reported every year in the United States, drug smugglers are trying unconventional ways for drug trafficking. In a recent incident reported in North Carolina, two men were arrested and a semi-truck was seized when the police found the driver’s side fuel tank holding 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine (meth) or 454 kilograms of crystal meth. The approximate street value of the drug is estimated to be around $90.8 million.
According to the office of the Harnett County Sheriff, the truck was seized near the 100 block of Will Lucas Road in Linden. Both the men, driver Raul Topete Arreola (48) of California and Aquileo Perez Pineda (49) of Georgia, were charged on three counts of trafficking meth and were detained at the Harnett County Detention Center in Lillington, North Carolina. They are being held on a $3 million bond.
The officers discovered the substance as a part of a joint investigation by the officers of Harnett County, Wake County and the North Carolina Bureau on the transportation and trafficking of meth over the past few months. While the investigation in the current case is still going on, an immigration detainer has been issued for Pineda and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking into the immigration status of Arreola.
Meth is a strong stimulant
Commonly known as meth, crystal meth, or crank on the streets, meth is one of the most addictive substances available in the form of white or light brown crystalline powder. The drug can be abused by swallowing, snorting, injecting or smoking, which, in turn, makes one experience euphoric sensations and high energy. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), meth is abused by approximately 2.4 percent people in the age group of 18-25 years for a lifetime. The problem has been found to exist in around 1.1 percent students of grade 12.
Meth abuse can affect a person in a number of ways like lowered fatigue, reduced appetite, irregular heartbeat, high alertness, etc. It can also cause a change in an individual’s brain structure, making him/her more aggressive, causing memory loss, severe dental problems and weight loss.
Treating meth addiction
It is important to understand that the effects of meth use, like euphoria and high energy, last for a short duration. But its other effects like depression, memory loss, violent behavior, liver damage and suicidal ideation, last for long and are extremely dangerous. While the triggers of meth addiction may vary from person to person, seeking the best treatment for meth addiction at the best meth rehab centers is vital.
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