A woman driver of a minivan that transported special needs children to school in Massachusetts and her boyfriend were arrested after they were caught selling heroin from the vehicle. The woman, 43-year-old Rudencia Montes, permitted her boyfriend to trade drugs out of the vehicle on Nov. 3, 2017, according to the authorities.
Montes — employed with Accept Education Collaborative in Natick, a nonprofit organization for special needs children — drove the minivan into the car parking of a park, where another car came and parked beside her. Then, a man identified as 33-year-old Juan Miranda-Ortiz, Montes’ boyfriend, got out of the van and sold heroin to a woman sitting in the other car. The transaction was witnessed by an officer of the Framingham Police Department.
The police then tailed the car and asked the driver to pull over. Seeing the police, she hastily threw the bags of heroin on the ground. The driver, identified as 33-year-old Corrine Gentile, was arrested on the spot and charged with possession of heroin and conspiracy to commit a crime. The police also found similar bags of heroin in Montes’ possession. Slapped with drug charges, both, Montes and her beau were arrested.
Authorities from Accept Education Collaborative told the media that no student was present on the bus at the time of the deal.
Penalties harsher in Massachusetts
Both Montes and Miranda-Ortiz will face charges of heroin possession with an intent to distribute, thereby, conspiring to violate the state’s drug laws. Drug laws in Massachusetts are stringent and conviction on drug possession charges attracts—especially after a first offence—several penalties in addition to the jail term, fines, and mandatory substance abuse programs, among others. The probability of a high social stigma also looms large.
Heroin a deadly drug
In a country ravaged by an opioid epidemic, no addiction is frivolous, especially to a drug like heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin use has increased across the U.S. among men and women of all age groups and income levels.
A rise in heroin addiction has also contributed to a spike in overdose deaths. Heroin-induced overdose deaths have almost quadrupled since 2010. In 2015, nearly 13,000 people died due to heroin overdose. Unless the federal government and other stakeholders initiate drastic measures to help quash the epidemic, it would only lead to a catastrophe.
Dealing with addiction
Although chronic and severe addiction may be fatal, it is not the end of the road for someone who seeks treatment. One can lead a sober life filled with happiness and productivity if intervention is sought at the right time from a credible rehab.
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