“He had no pause from what had had done, knowing full well he had killed that girl,” states Jon Delena US. Drug Enforcement. “It didn’t slow him down at all.” This is the dilemma facing police in New Hampshire; drug dealers selling heroin laced with fentanyl. This incident is not isolated to New Hampshire alone. There is however, an interesting twist and the question is, “why New Hampshire?”
First, here’s a little backdrop and why the drug cartel focused on this state – it’s very interesting. It’s all about marketing. What? Yup, for dealers it’s a ripe market. According to DeLena “the opioid crisis here didn’t pop up overnight. Residents of the region have always been heavy users of prescription opioid users,” due to work-related or sport injuries. It was always a heroin haven, too – ripe for the ‘pickens.’ So the users, already addicted to pain medications, turned to stronger sources – fentanyl laced heroin. BTW Fentanyl is used for extreme pain, and end-of-life situations, which makes the latter attractive to drug addicts who want that near-death experience. “It’s the dream.”
Well, the crisis deepens for law enforcement. Now, the drug suppliers are ‘deputizing’ the addicts to become the suppliers. Makes sense. Many addicts already sell to support their habit, but now it’s termed the Amway Model using the Pyramid effect, states DeLena. The dealers/addicts say to the addict, “Take more, bring back the money when you have it.” Great policy. What happens when your addict overdoses? Just a thought in basic economics.
Well, enough of the kibitzing. Back to the beginning thoughts of this blog. The dealer/addict who ultimately caused a death, who kept on selling, made a plea bargain for a reduced sentence of 10 to 40 years versus life. His plea deal was not clear according to the article, but is appears it was an apology of his life. He said to the court, “I am not a monster,” citing his own struggle with addiction and that he did not intend to harm anyone. Really. According to the sting operation, he sold 4 more times.
The point of the blog is an FYI, but maybe a little eye-opener about how deep and great the opioid addiction is in the U.S. To put an emphasis on this plight, police officer David Moneyhan states, “I’m on the third generation of arresting people now. I’ve arrested the grandfather, the father and I’ve arrested the son for selling drugs.” So, the question is, “Do you think punishment should be life in prison – no plea deal? Is there an answer? Maybe a prison just for addicts to rehabilitate? Just a thought.
By Sharla Esparza