In a major drug bust in Central Texas, officers from the Round Rock Police Department (RRPD) seized nearly 71 pounds of methamphetamine worth $2 million on May 12, 2018, from the fuel tank of a Honda Accord and arrested the driver of the vehicle. According to the police, during a traffic stop on Interstate 35, an officer grew suspicious when two individuals, including the driver, in the vehicle failed to provide a credible response about their destination.
The officer immediately called a sniffer dog squad, which alerted the police to the presence of drugs in the car. Following a thorough inspection of the vehicle, officers discovered a clandestine compartment inside a modified gas tank that had the meth consignment. Driver Leon Fields of Theodore, Alabama, was arrested on several drug-related charges.
With nearly 1,254 miles of common border with Mexico, Texas offers plenty of opportunities to drug cartels to push meth and other deadly substances through the multiple points of entry (POEs). According to experts, in a bid to maximize profits, traffickers employ the same time-tested modus operandi that they used to inundate the lucrative American markets with marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and synthetic drugs. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the authorities have seized 39,533 pounds of meth till date in the financial year 2018.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that almost 80 percent of the meth available in the U.S. markets has its origins in Mexico. The Mexican version boasts of a superior potency and purity level of 90 percent, which is known to offer a powerful and long-lasting high to users in a short duration.
Meth is a deadly drug
Categorized as a Schedule II drug, along with cocaine, methadone, hydromorphone, meperidine, fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin, methamphetamine or meth is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant drug known to target specific brain systems by inducing a huge dopamine deluge, producing euphoric sensations in users.
Popularly known as crank, chalk or speed on the streets, users usually smoke, ingest, or snort the drug to get a powerful high. Chronic meth users swear by the temporary sense of happiness, confidence, and energy produced by the drug. Experts say that the effects of meth can last from six to eight hours and can extend up to 24 hours. Besides ventricular fibrillation and arrhythmia, the other prominent outcomes of meth abuse are psychotic behavior, aggression, brain damage, cardiovascular problems, stroke, hyperthermia, hypertension, and weight loss.
Experts warn that prolonged use of meth can burn up the body’s resources, causing an extreme dependence on the drug that makes it one of the toughest addictions to treat. Nevertheless, timely drug abuse help from a professional rehab center can go a long way in saving meth users from the clutches of the drug.
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