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Long Beach man gets 26-year imprisonment for role in drug trafficking
Published On: 06-18-2018 in Category: Drug addiction
A man from Long Beach recently got more than 26-year prison sentence for his active role in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving the import of acetylfentanyl into the United States. The sentencing was awarded after an evidence showed that Christopher Bowen, 32, and other members of a drug organization imported the highly addictive synthetic opioid from China, which was used to manufacture pills in a storage unit in Long Beach and a house in Baldwin Park. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized more than 11 kilograms of acetylfentanyl from the organization.
U.S. District Judge S. James Otero found Bowen guilty of conspiring to manufacture, possess with intent to supply, and distribute four different narcotics, including acetylfentanyl, ecstasy, and alprazolam that is sold under the brand name Xanax. As per the DEA, Bowen and his accomplices would distribute the pills in bulk across the country. Earlier, he was convicted on two counts after appearing for a jury trial in October 2017. Meanwhile, drug organization’s leader Gary Resnik of Long Beach, who pleaded guilty in August 2017, is likely to be sentenced on July 9, 2018.
Acetylfentanyl is an analog of Schedule II opioid fentanyl, and is around five times more potent than heroin, and fifteen times more potent than morphine. The drug is not accepted by the DEA for any use in the U.S. It is usually sold as a designer drug. Side effects of fentanyl analogs include nausea, itching, and respiratory depression, which can cause death.
Fentanyl is a dangerous drug
Fentanyl, which is used for treating severe pain, is an opioid much more potent than heroin and morphine. Its 3 milligrams can turn out to be deadly compared to 30 milligrams of heroin. The drug is responsible for the rising number of overdose deaths across the state of California. As per a report by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), there were around 1,925 deaths due to opioids in California in 2016, out of which at least 234 were related to fentanyl. In Long Beach alone, 51 deaths due to opioid overdose were reported in 2016.
Recovery from drug addiction
It is important for every individual to stay vigilant and avoid any risk of developing addiction to a harmful substance. The good thing is that a drug addiction can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you or a loved one is battling addiction to fentanyl or any other substance, it is important to seek help immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can assist you to get in touch with one of the best addiction treatment facilities so that you undergo a proper treatment program and embrace sobriety. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity. One should be aware of the fact that substance use disorders can have life-threatening consequences, if left untreated.