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Drug Trafficking Shifting to Crack Cocaine from Prescription Drugs

Law enforcement officers are seeing a rise in crack cocaine distribution around South Florida. The issue is making its way up the chain spurring undercover sweeps and the like. If you have been accused of possessing or trafficking cocaine, it is imperative you contact a lawyer immediately because law enforcement officials are trying to keep a closer eye on drug trafficking.

Crack Down in St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 40 people allegedly involved in trafficking crack cocaine, according to an article in WPTV News. The sweep has been dubbed “Operation Crack Down.” Investigators are saying the rise that they are seeing in crack cocaine is due to the recent increase in strict legislation on pills like prescription drugs, making it more of a priority to target cocaine rather than the prescription drug problem in South Florida.

The article described the sweep, being very successful because the people involved were veterans in the drug trade.

“This is significant. This is a lot of street level dealers who have been doing (this) for many years. Their past history includes marijuana or crack cocaine,” sheriff Mascara said.

Investigators described most of the people arrested as having significant pasts of drug convictions along with violence-related convictions. They are still looking for 13 others involved in addition to the 40 arrested.

Prescription Drugs Still a Problem

According to Beth Pernice, of New Horizons Mental Health Center, prescription drug trafficking is still a huge problem among the patients they see at the health center. Pernice said that workers at the center are preparing for what law enforcement is calling “a resurgence of crack use in St. Lucie County.” Pernice described there is generally a direct correlation of what happens on the streets and the type of patients that end up in the health center.

She stated:

“We’re going to see a lot of people who have been on crack binges and they’re going to become very psychotic because of that . So we’re going to see an increase in mental health and substance abuse services.”

Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with drug possession or drug trafficking, you are looking at extremely serious consequences if convicted. Regardless if it is crack cocaine or oxycodone, it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. A drug-related conviction will haunt you for the rest of your life and make life impossible after you have served your sentence.

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