120 PEOPLE ARRESTED AFTER HUGE DRUG RAID IN INDIANA
- November 9, 2018
Needless to say, when you create a list of states that rigorously enforce anti-marijuana laws, Indiana will probably appear somewhere down the line. Recently, the Hoosier State’s prosecutors announced they would not recognize medical-grade cannabis as a viable medication, but another news story has spread like wildfire through the weed community. While its neighbor Michigan celebrates the legalization of recreational weed, Indiana residents have been boggled by the news that 120 people were arrested after a massive drug raid in the state. Needless to say, Indiana has much to learn from his prohibition strategy for cannabis control. In fact, the state has one of the worst drug problems in the entire United States, ranking 14th in the country as of 2017. Interestingly though, out of the entire batch of 191 charges 120 people are facing, only 3 (in particular) are related to marijuana offenses.
Recently, John County Indiana’s prosecutor and additional law enforcement officials announced the results of the massive drug raid that took place on Thursday, November 8 (involving federal forces, Indiana State Police, and local police officers). Overall, the authorities had collected warrants for 120 people (whose names and identities were ultimately released to public media), and, around the middle of the day, police officers had successfully arrested half of the people. Throughout the rest of the day, officers conducted additional arrests without harm or related incidences.
Overall, a large portion (the majority, in fact) of all the cases involved trafficking of meth, heroin, and cocaine, while only two people were charged with marijuana possession. One suspect (19-year old Jordan Fulkerson) was charged with felony meth and two misdemeanors for marijuana. Meanwhile, Jennifer Drury (who already faces charges for dealing meth and marijuana) received the third and final charge for possession of cannabis.
Needless to say, Indiana is still suffering from a severe drug crisis. In 2016, 794 people died from opioid-related overdoses in the state, while the period from 2012 to 2016 boasted a rise in overdose deaths caused by heroin. In the same period, deaths from synthetic opioids skyrocketed from 43 to 304. Keep in mind that, in 2015, Indiana doctors distributed 109.1 prescriptions for opioids per 100 patients. Even more disturbing, Indiana currently holds the record for having the most meth labs in the United States (approximately 1,800 labs in total).
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