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Travelers with 23 pounds of cocaine strapped to their legs arrested at New York airport
Federal authorities have arrested two travelers at the New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport with 23 pounds of cocaine with a street value of about $380,000 strapped to their legs. While patting them down, customs officers took 22-year-old Ariel Garcia and 41-year-old Elvin Montila-Sosa to a private search room and discovered packages of the drug strapped to their bodies. Both the persons were traveling separately from the Dominican Republic and landed in the U.S. on April 19, 2017.
According to customs officials, Garcia, an American citizen, had an alleged 11 pounds of cocaine, while Montila-Sosa, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, had around 12 pounds of the drug bandaged to his legs. Both Garcia and Montila-Sosa have been arrested on federal drug smuggling charges. Leon Hayward, acting director of Customs and Border Protection’s New York Field Operations, said that this seizure reinforces the commitment of the CBP officers in safeguarding the nation from the dissemination of illegal substances.
Drug menace in New York
In a vibrant city such as New York, which is home to immigrants from almost every corner of the world, drugs are being widely used/abused by people from all walks of life. Innumerable individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds have fallen prey to drugs. In fact, in many neighborhoods, finding drugs is as easy as procuring alcohol.
Studies show that heroin has become the drug of choice for many New Yorkers. It is actually fast making inroads into newer areas of the city, claiming more victims among white and higher-income New Yorkers in the city boroughs or neighboring New Jersey. Valentine Avenue in the Bronx neighborhood is one of the most infamous drug areas in the city, which has witnessed drug-related gunfire, stabbings and gang violence in the past.
New York’s excellent and well-connected intricate infrastructure and transportation facilities provide ample means to Mexican drug cartels to smuggle heroin into the city. Once they reach New York, the drug consignments are dispatched to heroin mills where they are broken down into smaller amounts and packaged in glassine envelopes and stamped with street names such as “X-Men,” “Google” and “Homicida.” These packets are then shipped for distribution all over the city’s boroughs and Long Island. Gangs such as Dominicans Don’t Play, Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Mara Salvatrucha and Netas manage most of the distribution at the streets.
Getting drug-free is possible
As long as addiction, demand for drugs, ruthless traffickers and gangs who don’t care for human life continue to thrive in the state, drugs will be trafficked, distributed and abused. However, drug addiction can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you or your loved one is grappling with addiction, seek medical help from the New York Drug Treatment and Rehab Center. Our certified addiction advisors can assist you in getting the best treatment options that can help you get drug-free. You can call us at 646-666-7461 for more information.