Similarly to all thing serial killers, I'm pretty intrigued by major drug busts. To clarify, I've never killed anyone or trafficked drugs, so this interest is purely from the outside looking in. I guess I'm just fascinated by smart people doing stupid things. I mean, think about—most criminals of this caliber are pretty freakin' intelligent. Pablo Escobar, Frank Lucas, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Griselda Blanco, Larry Hoover, George Jung—all seemingly educated, worldly individuals who if it weren't for the rampant violence and narcotics trade could have gone on to be literally anything they put their mind to. That may not be a popular opinion and in no way am I minimizing the fact that they were monsters. I'm just saying, apply the skills that made them drug lords to being doctors or lawyers and who knows what sort of advances would unfold.
Moving forward, most of those people are dead or in jail, so let's not waste anymore time glorifying, shall we? Today we're talking about present times, where the drug trade, particularly opiates is as strong as ever. Seriously people, the heroin epidemic is a real and it's a problem. I'm sure a lot of you are aware already—it's something that effects so many people from all walks of life. Someone starts off using pills, oxy and things of the like, then slowly gravitates toward heroin because of price and availability. Turning normal, well-adjusted men and women into junkies—"the scourge of society." It's a vicious cycle and if you know of anyone who is struggling with addiction there are thousands of resources at your disposal—it gets better!
A small part of the progress took place a few days ago in India. According to CNN—
"More than 3,000 pounds (1,500kg) of heroin was seized by the Indian Coast Guard Sunday, in what authorities claim is among the largest drug busts in recent Indian history. Valued at $545 million, the consignment was found aboard a merchant ship off the coast of the western state of Gujarat, according to a statement by the coast guard."
The reason this is so beneficial to the epidemic at large is because those drugs don't often remain in international waters or even on Indian soil. They travel and spread like an infection to other parts of the world. All of the globe, really. CNN continued—
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that Afghanistan manufactures over 90% of the world's opium -- the main ingredient in heroin -- most of which is smuggled via maritime routes to India, before being shipped to Europe and North America."
To read the full report, head HERE