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San Antonio drug bust: Multiagency raid leads to seizure of meth, heroin worth $1m

A multiagency drug bust led to the seizure of around 10 kg illegal drugs, comprising mostly methamphetamine and heroin, worth over $1 million recently from a home in San Antonio, Texas. Seven firearms, three vehicles allegedly used in the drug business and a huge amount of cash were also seized. One person was arrested in this connection.

As per reports, the arrested accused, Jimmy Zavala Jr., worked as a mid-level distributor. He faces federal narcotic and weapons charges in the wake of the recoveries made from his Bay Street home. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, BCSO K-9 and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials raided the home on Monday night and found methamphetamine (5.6 kg), heroin (4.3 kg), cocaine (239.3 g) and crack cocaine (20.3 g). According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, the officers are looking into the involvement of other people or organizations in the conspiracy.

Meth menace

While opioid abuse continues to rage across America, methamphetamine (also known as meth) continues to be a serious problem in the United States. Despite a brief crackdown on meth manufacturers, the drug has succeeded in raising its ugly head across the nation under the shadow of opioid crisis. Despite being a highly addictive stimulant, it has not come under the scanner of the law enforcement agencies. Therefore, it has not got attention like prescription drugs, fentanyl, heroin, etc.

As per the DEA, compared to other drugs, meth continues to be a threat. Most of the drug available in the country is produced in Mexico and smuggled into the U.S. through the Southwest Border (SWB). According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the amount of meth seized during patrol in 2017 was three times to the amount seized in 2012.

Consequences of meth abuse

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Chemically similar to amphetamines, it can be inhaled, smoked, snorted or injected. It works by increasing the amount of natural chemical dopamine involved in body movement, pleasure, motivation, etc. in the brain, causing its users to experience euphoria. As the euphoric effects of meth last for a short time, people tend to indulge in risky patterns of its abuse. Owing to its availability in many forms, meth is prone to abuse and addiction.

People abusing meth are at an increased risk of heart attacks and irreversible brain damage. The long-term and chronic abuse of meth can also cause a host of health consequences, including sleeping problems, paranoia, extreme weight loss, anxiety and confusion, among others. Additionally, they stand an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis B and C, etc.

Persistent abuse of meth inflicts changes in the brain’s system associated with coordination, verbal learning, emotion and memory. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), psychostimulant drugs claimed 5,716 lives across the U.S. in 2015, a jump of 255 percent since 2005. Some other psychostimulant drugs with the potential for abuse include 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), amphetamines, etc.

Mind your step, stay away from drugs

Sovereign Health, a leading name in addiction treatment, offers its patients personalized, cutting-edge treatment programs for methamphetamine addiction in a safe, peaceful and serene environment. Based on the patient’s symptom and severity of addiction, he/she is advised methamphetamine detox treatment, followed by intense counseling sessions and recreational therapies. For more information on our treatment programs or to locate the nearest meth detox facilities, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representative.

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