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Police seized marijuana from fishing boat in Long Beach
California, owing to its proximity to the Mexican borders and being a hub of different cultures, ethnicities, and social classes, is highly vulnerable to the menace of substance abuse and addiction. The state has seen a significant rise in drug trafficking cases, with the drugs moving in and out of the state via air, land or sea. In a recent incident, local and federal authorities of Long Beach arrested four men for their alleged involvement in trafficking drugs via fishing boats. The arrests led to the seizure of one ton of marijuana on board. It was the third major seizure, raising the total amount of contraband marijuana seized, so far, to more than three tons.
The accused, identified as Miguel Angel Quintero Jr., 38, and Omar Quintero, 28, both of Los Angeles; Eliasib Ventura, 34, of Alhambra; and Jonathan Ventura, 31, of Pomona, were nabbed after port police officials of Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) alerted the Los Angeles Border Enforcement Security Task Force (LA BEST) about a suspicious truck hooked to a fishing boat on a trailer at the South Shores launch ramp.
A U.S. magistrate judge ordered Quintero to be set free on a $50,000 bond, but the other three were detained by a federal judge. All four accused have been scheduled to be put to trial in November this year.
According to Joseph Macias, special agent of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Los Angeles, “This sudden surge in local maritime smuggling activity is definitely a cause for concern.” “By using pleasure craft to ferry contraband, smugglers believe they can more easily blend in with legitimate boating traffic along the Southern California coast, which is all the more reason we need the public to remain vigilant and contact law enforcement if they see anything suspicious,” he concluded.
Marijuana: A gateway drug
Regular marijuana users are often tempted to experiment with other types of drugs, such as heroin or opioids. If abused, it can lead people toward addiction, mental-health disorders and other detrimental consequences. Some of its effects are:
- It alters the brain’s reward system by creating a dopamine rush which may lead to trying out other drugs.
- Marijuana addicts are thrice more likely to be addicted to heroin.
- It could pave the way for teens and young adults to form drug dealing gangs.
It has been observed that high schoolers find it easier to obtain marijuana than alcohol, and in the event of complete legalization, there could be a great risk of abuse due to peer pressure.
Breaking free from addiction
Due to the absence of any recognized medicinal value and the heightened risk of abuse, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other drugs, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get 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.