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2 Chicago men arrested on charges of drug possession
Officers of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on July 26, 2017, arrested two young African-American men after serving a search warrant in the 13800 block of South Halsted Street in the Riverdale neighborhood. The police arrested 21-year-old Jeffron Allen of the Washington Heights locality and 24-year-old David Taylor of south suburban Riverdale for possessing illegal drugs and weapons, media reports said.
A thorough search of the residence led to the confiscation of illicit drugs, six automatic weapons and significant amount of drug-related paraphernalia. According to a police spokesperson, both Allen and Taylor have been slapped with multiple felony charges, including possession of drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis and unlawful use of firearms.
Chicago metropolitan area is a den of drug distribution activities
The state of Illinois has its own fair share of drug-related problems with the Chicago metropolitan area serving as the focal point of narcotic trafficking and distribution activities. Drugs and other illicit substances smuggled into Chicago are not only consumed by local people, but also make it to other states across the Midwest and the Great Lakes Region. Studies suggest numerous street gangs dominate the retail drug distribution activities working jointly with Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) using state-of-the-art technology to further their criminal endeavors.
According to a study conducted by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at the Roosevelt University, Chicago, the city’s West Side is the epicenter of the manifold heroin-related problems. In fact, research indicates that one in four cases of heroin-related hospitalizations happens on the West Side making up 35 percent of Chicago’s total cases, compared to 7 percent for the North Side.
The devastation caused by the Windy City’s heroin addiction menace is humungous and doesn’t seem to show any clear signals of settling down anytime in the near future. The new face of heroin addiction and overdose is the white, suburban or rural user, destroying the age-old theory of African-Americans being the sole godforsaken victims dying of drug overdoses.
In geographic terms, Chicago’s distinctive position on the American map and outstanding infrastructure and transportation facilities have enabled Mexican drug cartels to efficiently carry out their distribution activities across the entire Midwest, resulting in a spike in fatal overdoses in Illinois. In fact, law enforcement officials have often associated the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel and its kingpin “El Chapo Guzman” to Chicago’s open-air heroin markets on the city’s West Side.
Heroin is a highly addictive substance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids like morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone, making off-the-counter pain relievers as the gateway drug to heroin. However, addiction to heroin can be treated with timely medical intervention.
Leading a drug-free life
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to heroin, cocaine or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Chicago Drug Treatment Rehab and Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call our 24/7 helpline number 312-300-6661 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.