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Drug bust: Traffic stops lead to seizure of 52 pounds of meth

Published On: 07-14-2017 in Category: addiction, Drug trafficking

In early June, Long Beach police seized about 52 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate incidents. Both the recoveries were made on Atlantic Avenue when the cops stopped the accused for the violation of traffic rules.

The first seizure was made when officers stopped a vehicle on Atlantic Avenue near Willow Street for an unsafe lane change, which led to the discovery of approximately 17 pounds of the drugs stashed in the car. The driver, Ricardo Manjarrezvizcarra of Long Beach, was subsequently arrested on charges of alleged transportation and possession of a controlled substance for distribution. The driver is being held on $250,000 bail.

In another incident, authorities pulled over another vehicle for a traffic violation in the 2300 block of Atlantic Avenue, which provided clues to another drug consignment in a home in the 1100 block of Salt Lake Street, where they confiscated around 35 pounds of methamphetamine including a huge sum of cash. The driver, Leonardo Soria-Garfia of Long Beach, was taken into custody on drug-related charges. His bail has been set at $750,000.

Methamphetamine – a deadly drug

Classified as a Schedule II drug, meth is a central nervous system stimulant drug known to excite specific brain systems by causing a dopamine rush, which leaves a feeling of euphoria in user. However, abuse can cause arrhythmia and ventricular fibrillation in users. Besides, addiction to the drug can lead to weight loss, stroke, hyperthermia, increased blood pressure and body temperature. In addition to the devastation caused by the drug to one’s physical well-being, people also run very high risk of other co-existing mental disorders which may complicate matters and aggravate their condition.

Mexican drug cartels have boosted large scale production and trafficking of methamphetamine, flooding Southern California with the deadly drug for shipment across different cities in the United States. Such criminal groups produce around 95 percent of all methamphetamine available in the state.

Generally, a sizeable number of people addicted to meth make their way to rehab centers in a deplorable condition after hitting rock bottom. An untreated addiction or an ineffective approach to deal with one almost forces an addict back into the grip of the drug. Detoxification in a medically supervised environment is the best way for individuals to be freed from the chains of meth addiction. In a professional rehab setting, each patient is entrusted in the safe hands of clinicians and staff members such as physicians, psychiatrists and other specialists to ensure that they receive individual attention and a customized treatment plan as each case of addiction is unique.

Leading a sober life

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to meth or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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