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Border agents arrest Phoenix woman with heroin packed in blown-up condom
Published On: 02-21-2018 in Category: drugs
In an unusual drug bust, Border Patrol agents near Tucson, Arizona, recently seized 10 ounces of heroin packed in a blown-up condom. On Feb. 3, 2018, at a random immigration checkpoint near the border on Interstate-19, the canine unit alerted authorities to an odor emanating from a Phoenix woman’s Nissan Sentra. A thorough search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a burrito-sized package of brown heroin worth $7,800 stuffed inside a condom.
The 29-year-old woman, who was the owner of the car, was taken to the Nogales Border Patrol Station and charged with drug trafficking. A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) station in Tucson said that it’s common to find drugs and other illegal items inside a suspect’s body as well as vehicles. The CBP did not reveal the name of the Phoenix woman, who was later arrested.
Geographically positioned just 300 kilometers north of the border with Mexico, Phoenix forms an intricate network of drug distribution centers in the U.S, falling directly under the irrefutable jurisdiction of the dangerous Sinaloa cartel. The Mexican cartel exerts formidable control along Arizona’s southwestern border with Mexico, making Phoenix an important launching point for all drug-trafficking activities in North America. Phoenix abounds in numerous stash houses, which serve as strategic storage and distribution points for enormous quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.
Most Mexican drug trafficking organizations, which dominate the border areas with Arizona, have harnessed technology to the fullest to dodge border security agents. Nowadays, traffickers crossing the borders are known to use high-tech military grade satellite phones, binoculars and radios. Experts attribute the spike in drug trafficking along the Southwest border to the insatiable demand for drugs among American consumers.
Heroin is a killer drug
Easy-to-get injectable Mexican and Colombian heroin dominates the American markets. Experts attribute this ease of availability to the growing demand resulting from the opioid crisis. Mexican drug cartels have started flooding the U.S. with cheaper and potent varieties of heroin, as they are chemically identical to prescription opioids and produce similar highs. Studies suggest an increasing number of younger Americans, particularly adolescents, are being lured into the dark and dreary world of heroin after just a single exposure to a dangerous shot. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 475,000 people aged 12 or older were current heroin users in that year.
Heroin is an illicit opioid, classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. An overdose involving heroin is not something to be taken lightly, as it can slow down breathing leading to the victim’s death. Heroin users usually inject or snort the drug. However, injecting remains the most harmful way of abusing the drug, as users who share infected needles run the risk of contracting HIV.
Battling menace of addiction
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to heroin or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Phoenix 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 480-696-5152 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.