Following a protracted investigation, law enforcement agencies recently unearthed a suspected heroin pill mill operating from Springfield’s McKnight neighborhood. They also unearthed 816 grams of uncut heroin worth $400,000, roughly the size of a brick, a grinder, packaging material and scales. Arquelio Cajigas, a resident of Springfield, was arrested for trafficking heroin, owning firearms without a license and driving his motor vehicle with a suspended license.
In yet another raid, they discovered $35,000 and ammunition from the Bay neighborhood, which functioned primarily as a stash house of cash and ammunition. The mill operational from the 96 Sherman St. address has since been shut down.
Uncut heroin has greater value than processed heroin. Pure uncut heroin is white powder and has a bitter aftertaste. According to Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, the uncut heroin was enough to fill nearly 80,000 bags of heroin.
The operation was held by the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force, which consisted of members from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit, the United States National Guard Counter Drug Program, and the Chicopee, Springfield, Holyoke police departments. In addition, the Homeland Security Investigations of Springfield were also involved. In a statement, the Hampden DA stated his resolve to end the drug crisis. He said, “We continue to fight this epidemic by aggressively going after drug traffickers while also trying to assist those fighting addiction.”
Difference between cut and uncut heroin
Street dealers rarely sell uncut heroin. The heroin that one gets in the street goes by several names, the most popular ones being, H, Junk, Dope and Smack. What makes it more dangerous is the fact that no one knows what goes into it. Apart from some extremely toxic substances, heroin could be infused with talcum powder, starch, sucrose, milk powder and quinine, a drug used for the treatment of malaria. When this adulterated form of heroin is used intravenously, it causes immense harm to the body. People allergic to any of these adulterants could suffer from allergic reaction. Kidney damage and arrhythmias are also frequent.
Raw heroin on the other hand is processed primarily from morphine, derived from the poppy plant. However, it carries impurities or mixed with other opioids like codeine and morphine.
Dangers of heroin abuse
Heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs abused in America. Of late, there has been an increase in the numbers of those using heroin because of the boom in poppy cultivation across the border. Federal agencies are trying their best to keep an eye on illegal drug trade, but they are not always successful. Many traffickers continue to evade the authorities. One should be careful, as heroin use can cause changes in the brain, leading to increased tolerance, dependence and addiction. However, timely intervention can reverse the changes and help an individual lead a happy and productive life.
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