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60 pounds of marijuana en route Houston from San Francisco seized at traffic stop
In a significant marijuana bust, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper on June 24, 2017, seized around 60 pounds of the drug after stopping a Toyota passenger car along the north-south U.S. Route 287 highway near the City Of Chillicothe in Hardeman County for a traffic violation. The vacuum-packed drug consignment was concealed in three large duffle bags hidden in the trunk of the vehicle.
According to the DPS, the marijuana consignment was on its way from San Francisco to Houston. The driver of the vehicle, Ihab Munir Jamil Alzaghari, 23, of Houston was arrested on charges of felony possession of marijuana and was later booked into Wilbarger County Jail in Vernon, Texas. DPS officials have estimated the value of the seized consignment at $358,000.
Marijuana is a dangerous drug
Popularly known as pot or weed, marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug across the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015. Unfortunately, with the pro-marijuana campaigns rampant all over the country, most Americans are increasingly turning a blind eye toward the dangers of the drug. Studies suggest that individuals who begin to dabble with marijuana before the age of 18 face about four to seven-fold chances of developing addiction to the drug later during adulthood.
As the therapeutic value of marijuana remains a controversial issue, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to retain its Schedule I classification tag. Experts say marijuana potency is determined by high levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component harvested from the buds of the female part of the cannabis plant, and is responsible for the ‘high’ caused by the drug in users.
THC causes changes in the brain structure that disrupt chemical neurotransmitters associated with feelings of rewards and pleasure, thereby impacting memory, thought, sensory time perception and concentration. Once addicted to pot, users indulge in binge smoking over longer periods of time, which could also pave the way for experimenting with a variety of cannabis strains or even other harder drugs.
Additionally, a new research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that exposing oneself to secondhand marijuana smoke is more dangerous than cigarette smoke causing significant damage to cardiovascular function. Long-term marijuana users are known to struggle with withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, inability to sleep, reduced appetite, frequent bouts of anxiety and above all a spike in drug-related cravings.
Battling menace of addiction
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The San Francisco 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 415-366-6922 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.