A two-year investigation by the Spanish police led to the seizure of 500 kg (1,102 lb) of cocaine concealed inside fire-resistant bricks and the arrest of 25 people recently. The probe also brought to the light a highly complex network of drug traffickers, run by a person identified as J.M.R.R., nicknamed “The Grandmother” by the Spanish police. According to the Spanish police, the value of the drug is estimated to be $19.2 million.
Elaborating on the drug bust, Chief Commissioner José Luis Conde said, “What caught our attention the most is that they reintroduced this type of drug to the country, when we are big exporters of cocaine. That’s why we followed the whole route to the ship. It is a very complex organization.” The police also seized 20 vehicles in the raid in April 2017.
“The Grandmother” is believed to live between Latin America and Spain and Mexico. This is the biggest drug haul this year, the police said. In another incident of cocaine smuggling in Spain, in March 2017, the Spanish police had seized 17 kilograms of cocaine stuffed in artificial bananas mixed with real bananas.
Drug menace shows no abatement
The drug busts in Spain indicate the prevalence of drug use in the country and the innovative ways that drug peddlers have come up with for drug trafficking. The American police observed similar methods being employed for drug peddling across the U.S. border. The increase in the rate of smuggling has led to the high incidence of drug abuse, including prescription pain medications.
Federal agencies in the U.S. are struggling to combat the drug epidemic. As per reports, while the major cocaine producers are the Andean countries of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, places like Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean form a part of the major corridors for moving drugs into the U.S. and Europe. Various reports have revealed how huge quantities of cocaine are illicitly transported via the Central American-Mexican border along the Pacific Coast, deemed to be the route of choice to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. Nevertheless, considerable shipments of drugs are making their way into the U.S. via the Caribbean.
Recent incidents of border fencing and upgrade of patrolling activities by border police have forced drug traffickers to come up with various methods of smuggling drugs into the U.S., which is evident from the increasing investment made by cocaine cartels to illegally ship drugs to America.
Road to recovery
Other than alcohol, cocaine is the most widely abused drug in the U.S. In fact, the highest number of emergency room visits are because of a cocaine overdose. The drug can cause psychological dependence by stimulating the key pleasure centers in the brain that result in an unprecedented euphoric feeling. Once addicted to cocaine, the user tends to develop high levels of tolerance to the drug, thus, resulting in an increased craving for the drugs.
It is not only the users who are affected by drug addiction, even their families and loved ones suffer. It is a misconception that addiction has no solution. Such a thinking forces people to abstain from any medical help. However, addiction is treatable. If you or a loved one is grappling with an addiction and need help, get in touch with Sovereign Health for necessary help. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-683-9756 or chat online for details about addiction recovery centers in the U.S. or for expert advice about addiction treatment centers in your vicinity. One must not delay the treatment or things can get out of hand.