The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized 21 kilos of fentanyl-laced heroin from a tractor-trailer and arrested the driver of the vehicle on Oct. 8, 2017, authorities said. Driver Luciano Osobampo-Armenta was arrested after agents of the DEA Strike Force stopped his truck with Maine license plates on Bruckner Boulevard in The Bronx, New York City.
The investigators found 6 kilos of heroin in the cab of the truck and recovered another 15 kilos from the trailer. The drugs were wrapped in vacuum-sealed brick-shaped packages. The criminal complaint reported the driver as the sole occupant of the truck. Luciano was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a control substance.
In another case, Jose Mercedes, Sr., alias Hippie, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in connection with a record seizure of 70 kilos of heroin from the Fieldston section of The Bronx. He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said, “No prison sentence could possibly compensate the thousands from every community who have lost loved ones to heroin addiction, but I hope this lengthy sentence and our successful investigation will serve as a warning to traffickers who try to use our city as their headquarters.”
Heroin is highly addictive
In 2016, nearly 170,000 Americans initiated heroin use in the past year while about one in 12 adolescents reported easy availability of the drug, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). In recent years, drug overdose deaths involving heroin have become a significant public health concern in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a three-fold increase in heroin-related overdose deaths between 2010 (8 percent) and 2015 (25 percent). In addition to heroin, heroin-laced fentanyl is also responsible for the growing number of fatal drug overdoses.
Heroin, alone or in combination with fentanyl, is an addictive drug with high abuse potential. When the body gets dependent on the drug, it can lead to tolerance and addiction. And a sudden discontinuation of the drug can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms. However, it is possible for an individual to get over his/her addiction. If left untreated, it may have dangerous complications. Prolonged heroin use can bring about changes in the physical structure and physiology of the brain. This can lead to irreversible changes by producing long-term imbalances in the neural system.
It is important to understand that heroin addiction is treatable with medication and behavioral therapy. If you or your loved one is grappling with heroin addiction, approach a reliable drug rehabilitation center for timely recovery.
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