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Pasadena police seize considerable amount of methamphetamines

Published On: 09-01-2017 in Category: illegal drug, methamphetamine, substance abuse

While executing a search warrant on July 14, 2017, officers of Pasadena Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES), seized a huge amount of methamphetamine from a house in the 1300 block of North El Molino Avenue and arrested two men on drug-related charges. Additionally, the officers also discovered a loaded firearm and considerable amount of ammunition in the house.

According to media reports, the two men taken into custody have been identified as Jesus Casares in his thirties and Pablo Rodriguez, a local gangster in his twenties. Both the accused are residents of Pasadena. According to Pasadena Police Lieutenant Javier Aguilar, Casares was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, while Rodriguez was charged with possession of a weapon, ammunition, drugs and intent to distribute drugs. The police said that local residents in the neighborhood had been experiencing frequent problems due to the presence of the gang members selling drugs in the vicinity.

Methamphetamine is a deadly drug

Although classified as a Schedule II drug with a strong potential for abuse, law enforcement authorities report that the number of illegal methamphetamine laboratories across the state of California is growing by leaps and bounds, especially in the central districts.

Widely known as ice, meth, speed, crank, crystal, glass and fire, methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant drug that is known to excite specific brain systems by causing a dopamine rush, leaving a feeling of euphoria in the user. It is one of the many addictive stimulant-hallucinogenic compounds having a high potential for abuse and dependence. In fact, the Riverside and San Bernardino County area is often referred to as the “methamphetamine capital of the United States.”

It is an open secret that Mexican drug cartels have boosted large scale production and trafficking of methamphetamine, flooding Southern California with the deadly drug for shipment across different cities in the U.S. Such criminal groups produce approximately 95 percent of all methamphetamine available in the state. In addition, highly organized Asian gangs dominate the meth market in the Los Angeles area.

At the retail level, Hispanic gangs are the leading distributors of meth. Also, clandestine small-scale meth lab operators are prevalent all over the state, producing the drug for personal use as well as for a restricted number of buyers. Cheap over-the-counter ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold medicines, are generally used by these illicit meth manufacturers.

Experts say arrhythmia and ventricular fibrillation are the two main side effects of a meth overdose. Besides, addiction to the drug can lead to weight loss, stroke, hyperthermia and increased blood pressure. One of the main steps to address the methamphetamine epidemic is to de-stigmatize addiction as a character flaw. Addiction is a disease and not a criminal act. More than rebuking, people addicted to harmful substances need our compassion and encouragement to seek treatment.

Leading a drug-free life

If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to methamphetamine or any other addictive substance, seek treatment immediately. The Pasadena 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 626-788-9844 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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