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Long Beach man pleads to running Chinese synthetic opioid ring
In a federal court hearing on August 28, 2017, a 32-year-old man of Long Beach admitted to operating a narcotic ring that imported deadly opioids from China and engaged in bulk distribution activities across the United States. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Central District of California, Gary Resnik has been charged with possession of drugs and intent to distribute acetylfentanyl, a synthetic opioid as dangerous and addictive as fentanyl, media reports said.
Earlier, Resnik admitted to importing bulk chemical ingredients, which were used to manufacture synthetic opioids such as acetylfentanyl. Additionally, ring members also used to import presses to manufacture pills in illegal laboratories located in Long Beach and Baldwin Park.
Further, investigating officials also seized ecstasy and Xanax pills, in addition to nine kilograms of acetylfentanyl from the laboratories operated by the ring members. Officials identified the other three members as 25-year-old Dylan Simpson of Fountain Valley, 30-year-old Christopher Bowen of Los Angeles and 30-year-old Joseph Stanley of Huntington Beach. Resnik was arrested in May 2016, along with three other ring members from Orange County and Los Angeles. Based on the severity of the offense, Resnik could be sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Synthetic drugs are life-threatening substances
While incidence of illicit drugs and prescription painkillers has reached an all-time high in the U.S., increasing number of people are also found to be consuming synthetic drugs. Any chemically laced compound prepared in laboratories, and is not derived from plant products may be categorized as synthetic drug. The terms designer drugs and synthetic drugs are generally interchangeable. Sadly, overlooking the risks of harmful drugs, manufacturers try to circumvent existing laws by conducting experiments to create new chemical compounds that mimic the effects of illicit drugs like marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Unfortunately, nowadays, many synthetic drugs that are available over-the-counter at convenience stores, gas stations and tobacco shops targeting teens and young adults. Though they appear to be safe for use on the surface and are sold alongside other daily use items, the reality is something else. They are packaged deceptively in seemingly benign forms such as incense, salts, candies and cookies with assuring words such as “reliable,” “safe,” but the truth remains undeniable – they are dangerous as they are manufactured and sold solely to be abused.
The U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) has not approved the use of these substances and they have neither been tested nor approved for human consumption, as they are not governed by regulations. Besides the risk of addiction, experts attribute muscular spasms, steady rise in body temperature, dehydration, rise in blood pressure, nausea, drowsiness, respiratory problems and confusion to the misuse of synthetic drugs.
Owing to their ability to produce a feeling of high or enhanced emotions, a rising number of people are succumbing to the adverse impact of these drugs. Therefore, it remains imperative to educate people about the potential dangers resulting from their consumption.
Leading a sober life
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to synthetic drugs or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and 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.