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12-27-17 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Couple arrested for using drone to sell fentanyl and meth

Drug dealers are turning to new and ingenious means for selling their contraband – catapults, narcotic-submarines and banana containers. Lately, drones have emerged as an excellent means of selling drugs to customers. They are handy and can be remotely controlled to deliver drugs to the destination.

A Riverside couple, Benjamin Paul Baldassarre (39) and his girlfriend Ashley Lauren Carroll (31) were found resorting to this unique drug carrier. Authorities were alerted about their dealings who were secretly keeping a close watch on the couple’s activities from their residence. Close surveillance revealed a drone flying out of the couple’s backyard to public parking where customers were lying in wait for the aerial drop. The couple was arrested without delay.

Residences turning into drug-dealing businesses

A search of the premises further lead to the discovery of drug paraphernalia, such as hypodermic syringes, methamphetamine and a powdery substance, that authorities believed to be fentanyl. The couple has been charged on three counts – possession of drugs, sale of controlled substances and child endangerment (their nine-year-old daughter). Sale, transport, import and transfer of controlled substances (apart from 28 grams of marijuana) is a criminal offence in California. Fortunately, the child remained unscathed, despite her close proximity to the paraphernalia. She has been placed in the protective care of her mother. The culprits were held in lieu of $50,000 bail – Baldassarre at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and Carroll at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

This is the second incident within a span of few days wherein deputies have rescued a child from a home where controlled substances were either being produced or sold. Earlier this month, Harris County officials had rescued a four-year old child from the closet, where he was forced to sleep with Schedule I substances, including meth and marijuana, in close proximity. While chance encounters with drugs are fatal for children, it is more so in case they have to deal with drugs on a daily basis. Meth-exposed children are known to have learning disabilities related to memory, locomotor control and motivation in their adolescence and teen years.

Leading a drug-free life

The year 2016 fared the worst in terms of drug overdose and related accidents. The number of fatalities went far beyond the collective damage suffered during the Vietnam War and the HIV, making it the worst crisis ever in American history. President Donald Trump even declared it as a public health emergency in 2017. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 63,600 people died in drug overdose accidents, which was 21 percent higher than those reported in 2015.

New Year is a good time to take a resolution to quit addiction and take the first step in the positive direction. There are many reasons why a person succumbs to the drug habit, such as the misguided notion that drugs can somehow make lives better and ease stress levels. Undoubtedly, they induce a feeling of ecstasy and happiness for the time being, but the effects soon die down. As a result, jobs, relationships and health suffer. Even the emotions that one feels after consuming a drug are not real. They are artificially induced when the brain goes haywire. Drugs can take one’s life to a dead-end if one does not take charge soon enough.

Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is addicted to drugs despite the negative impact on his or her life. Our customized detox treatment centers in California focus on providing holistic recovery plans to help the patients overcome problems and lead a sober life. If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to any drug and looking for the right guidance, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our representative to know about our unique treatment for detox in California.

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