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Methamphetamine found inside car of Sacramento DUI suspect

Published On: 02-07-2018 in Category: methamphetamine

Methamphetamine found inside car of Sacramento DUI suspect

A Lincoln Police Department (LPD) officer on Jan. 20, 2018, while conducting a traffic stop on Industrial Avenue near the Park and Ride lot, pulled a 29-year-old Sacramento man over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). However, a thorough search of Miguel Hernandez’s vehicle led to the recovery of several items, including methamphetamine, meth pipes, syringes and stolen credit cards. Police said that Hernandez had stolen three of the cards recently in Roseville.

Hernandez was later arrested on charges of DUI and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and booked into South Placer Jail. Significantly, California’s drunk driving laws also apply to driving under the influence of drugs. Although, both these misdemeanors usually elicit similar penalties, they could vary depending on the types of drugs or intoxicants used by the driver.

Generally, after alcohol, marijuana is the number one cause of impaired driving on American roads. However, other illicit drugs such as ecstasy, heroin, meth and cocaine are also being used by drivers. Studies suggest that any kind of drugs — even prescription opioids, cough syrups and anxiety medications — are capable of inducing drowsiness in drivers and can impair their driving skills.

In another traffic stop on Dec. 12, 2017, the Lincoln police seized 33 kilograms of marijuana and 5.5 grams of meth from a Honda Civic near Industrial Avenue and Superior Street. Two persons — 30-year-old Juan Duran and 25-year-old Daniel Antonio Vargas-Duran – were taken into custody by the authorities. Both the accused, who are from California, were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug

Ranked as a Schedule II drug, meth is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that targets certain brain systems by inducing a powerful dopamine surge, triggering euphoric sensations in users. Addiction to the drug can result in hyperthermia, chronic hypertension and extreme weight loss. Overdosing on meth can produce unpredictable mood swings, seizures and violent behavior in severe cases, giving the victims an overall appearance of a zombie. Sadly, the meth-induces highs are generally tend to fade away quickly, leaving users trapped in the clutches of addiction.

Studies show that Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) engage in large-scale production and trafficking of meth through the southwestern borders, flooding the states of Arizona and California with the lethal drug for distribution in different markets nationwide.  According to experts, Mexican drug cartels manufacture nearly 95 percent of all methamphetamine used in the U.S. Despite the health hazards of meth use, the addiction rates across the nation don’t seem to decline. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in that year, approximately 667,000 people, aged 12 or older were current users of methamphetamine. Undergoing professional detox in a supervised environment is the only way to break free from the stronghold of meth dependence.

Combating addiction menace

Addiction is a mental health condition that requires professional treatment. Though the support of near and dear ones is always required, timely medical intervention is the key to total recovery. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to methamphetamine or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Sacramento 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 916-379-7248 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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