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Anaheim man charged with trafficking methamphetamine
Published On: 03-09-2018 in Category: drug trafficking
In a major drug bust, deputies from Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) on Feb. 12, 2018, seized around 11.5 pounds of ice methamphetamine concealed in a car during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 10. In addition to meth, authorities also discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia hidden in the yellow Nissan Pathfinder.
The police arrested the driver—21-year-old Jonathan Diaz of Anaheim, California—on charges of drug trafficking, distribution, and illegal possession of paraphernalia. Although Diaz resisted initially, he was later taken into custody, authorities said. He is currently being held at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Corrections Center, and his bail is set at $302,500.
California’s unique geographical positioning next to the U.S.-Mexico border has given an upper edge to Mexican drug cartels to transport illicit substances through criminal elements operating in Hispanic neighborhoods of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties. According to experts, most criminal gangs in the Orange County area operate successfully because of cheap drug supplies and better organization structure, compared to other parts of the nation.
It is not strange to see federal and local law enforcement bodies in Orange County cooperating with each other to introduce tougher measures to stop drug trafficking, which has caused monumental chaos and violence across neighborhoods in several counties of California.
Meth menace in Anaheim
In the past decade, Anaheim has earned an ill-reputation of a methamphetamine production center. A large number of illegal laboratories to manufacture meth have emerged all across the city at different locations such as commercial complexes, independent houses, condominiums, and garages. Such a setup to produce meth can be extremely hazardous to both human lives as well as property, as the possibility of explosions triggering unpredictable flash fires runs high. Moreover, in recent years the use of nonephedrine-based production methods has led to a sharp spike in ice methamphetamine seizures with corresponding increase in meth abuse and addiction cases not only in Anaheim, but throughout Orange County.
Classified as a Schedule II drug, meth is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant drug known to activate specific brain systems by inducing a powerful dopamine surge, which triggers euphoria. On the flipside, excessive use of the drug can cause severe ventricular fibrillation and arrhythmia. Besides, total dependence on meth can lead to stroke, weight loss, hyperthermia, hypertension, and a heightened vulnerability to blood clots.
Meth is one of the many habit-forming stimulant-hallucinogenic compounds with high potential to cause addiction. In such a case, professional detox treatment in a medically supervised environment is the best way for people struggling with meth use disorder to break free from the chains of the drug. An unaddressed addiction or an inefficient approach to handle any particular case of addiction can push users back into the stronghold of the drug.
Leading a drug-free life
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to methamphetamine or any other drug, seek treatment immediately. The Anaheim 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 714-589-2811 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.