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East Chicago police seize 219 pounds of marijuana

Published On: 03-06-2018 in Category: Drug Bust

East Chicago police seize 219 pounds of marijuana

East Chicago police recently seized about 219 pounds of marijuana from a car. Responding to complaints from neighbors about a suspicious odor emanating from an apartment in the East Chicago’s 3612 Superior Court area, police officers reached the site and noticed a man taking a backpack from a truck parked outside the building and leaving the place in a gray car.

However, the officers pulled over the car near Harbor Foods at Guthrie Street. Following an initial search of the vehicle, police found a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana. A second thorough search of the car led to the discovery of another eight boxes containing 218 pounds of cannabis, according to court documents.

The driver of the car, identified as 30-year-old Darnell Anderson Jr. who lived in apartment No. 4,  was later taken into custody and charged with possession and trafficking of weed. Anderson admitted to owning the first bag of weed, but stated that the other 218 pounds of the drug belonged to a family member. His bail has been set at $20,000.

Lawmakers across several states have been raising concerns about inhaling secondhand smoke involuntarily. There are innumerable neighborhoods where families live in close proximity to pot smokers. Under such circumstances, there are chances of cannabis smoke wafting through doors, windows, especially shared ventilation systems in multi-unit apartments and community housing societies.

Marijuana is an unsafe drug

Despite the wide acceptance of marijuana in many circles, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the drug’s medicinal value. As per the FDA, scientists have not conducted extensive clinical trials to establish the therapeutic benefits of the drug that could outweigh the probable health hazards. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to classify cannabis — along with other drugs like heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote — as Schedule I drug due to its large potential for abuse and addiction.

Most people are unaware of the fact that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes dependence and triggers compulsive drug-seeking urges. Weed is the most commonly used illicit substance in the country. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older in that year were current users of marijuana. Being a drug that continues to affect users over an extended span of time, marijuana is known to linger in the system exposing them to several health problems such as impaired motor coordination and poor short-term memory. Besides, chronic smoking or vaping is known to harm the respiratory tract.

Battling menace of addiction

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Chicago 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 312-300-6661 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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