In the wake of the marijuana debate and a surprising amount of public appreciation for the drug, some members of the public might forget that lawmaker are still fighting an unending battle to destroy the illegal drug market. Although the recent arrest of two Californians for marijuana possession has certainly brought a different light to the little green plant, one situation in the State of Georgia has demonstrated how far people will go to transport drugs across state lines. Recently, in Atlanta, Georgia, a man was apprehended for transporting heroin from Texas to Georgia. What made this case so bizarre? He hid his toxic opioid package inside his car battery. Let’s take a closer look at what happened.
More than a Spark Plug in There
Back on November 16, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Francisco Castaneda Rivera for reputedly storing a total of 4.5 kilograms of heroin inside (of all places) a car battery and transporting the substance from Texas to Georgia. According to DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Murphy (Atlantic Field Division), the distribution of drugs is rooted in nothing more than the sole purpose of inflicting pain and suffering on a consumer. Overall, he attributes the success of his case to the national efforts of the local, state, and federal governments and the cooperation of the United States Attorney’s Office. Due to the diligence of these groups, traffickers who take creative and devious approached to concealing drugs will easily be apprehended.
Facts of the Matter
Based on a report from the U.S. Attorney Pak (and the court case), law enforcement officials performed a routine traffic stop on October 20, 2018, on a vehicle traveling eastbound along Interstate 20 (Douglas County, Georgia). Already noted in law enforcement records, Rivera was the owner and operator of the vehicle, which officers thoroughly searched. After a while, authorities noticed the car battery was remarkably clean. After opening the device, they discovered five packs of heroin wrapped in electrical tape. Later, Rivera was arrested and was not permitted bond.
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