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Drug bust in Long Beach, 16 members of Latin Kings gang arrested
Drug trafficking is certainly a risky and often deadly business with disastrous consequences. Although the intent of the “War on Drugs” in the United States may have been to target drug smugglers and peddlers, meth and heroin are still killing communities.
The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reports indicate that of the 1,561,231 arrests for drug law violations in 2014, 1,297,383 (83.1 percent) were for possession of an addictive substance.
The Long Beach city has also witnessed many drug trafficking cases recently. According to the Long Island Press, a two-year investigation helped federal agents and Long Beach city police arrest 16 members of the Latin Kings street gang in March 2016 for drug trafficking in parts of Long Island. A newsday.com report addresses Latin Kings as “the most prolific narcotics traffickers in the Long Beach area.”
Those arrested were allegedly involved in an extensive drug trafficking operation involving cocaine, heroin and crystal meth in Long Beach.
Acknowledging a drug problem in the Island, the FBI said that the arrests come after two-year investigation which led to the identification of the most prolific drug dealers in the Long Beach area. Officials said the investigation was an effort to check the circulation of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in the area.
According to the police, more than 50 kg cocaine, 5 kg crack cocaine, 2 kg molly and 500 pounds of marijuana were secured and arrest warrants were made for drug-related offenses for charges varying from dealing and possessing heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine and other drugs.
“This indictment should serve as notice to all gang members—we will not tolerate the flooding of our streets with illegal drugs. We are committed to rooting out all drug trafficking and gang activity on Long Island,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Fighting drug menace
Numerous federal and state laws have been implemented to deal with drug trafficking cases. Experts believe that the existing problem of drug trafficking is aggravating because of youths dealing in drugs who are obsessed with riches involved in drug peddling, irrespective of the risks involved.
Though efforts at fighting substance abuse are dictated by the attitudes of the public and their perceptions of dangers involving substance abuse, stern measures and international coordination would be required to check drug smuggling and trafficking.
The government of California is trying to combat the addiction problem by spreading awareness about the ill effects of the misuse of drugs. But the situation of drug peddling and possession will continue unless people also commit to end the menace at their level, say experts.
Despite regular drug busts and other investigations leading to arrests of drug traffickers, the authorities still need to work hard. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly 10 percent of the American population is struggling with a life-long drug use disorder, while only about 25 percent of them get the necessary treatment.
If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction, it’s time to register for a good detox and recovery program. You can seek the help of Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center to learn more about the recovery process and the best treatments available around you. Call at 562-846-1995 to speak to one of our representatives or chat online today for more information.