“Hey there! Fancy a hit of the great Smoochy Woochy Poochy?” whispers a menacing-looking street drug dealer, stepping over used needles in a dingy alleyway. “Or maybe a bit of Purple Rain or some Scooby Snacks,” he says, while attempting to allure passersby. As the sun sets in one of the most notorious neighborhoods of the bay area – Tenderloin – in downtown San Francisco, the open-air drug market, in one of America’s wealthiest cities, comes to life. It is time for serious business.
Street drugs are wreaking havoc across all cities and even small towns nationwide. If America was plagued by the HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) crisis in the 1990s, it probably has a bigger, more vicious monster to deal with now. The monster has grown into a full-blown nationwide epidemic, destroying lives, regardless of age, race, wealth or location. Sad but true, drugs now kill more Americans than ever and is the leading cause of mortality.
In wake of the ever-growing crisis and the dire need to review existing federal strategies on drug control, transnational drug-related crime, and Southwest border narco-trafficking activities, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in its latest intelligence report, has designed a ready reference for law enforcement authorities who need to familiarize themselves with hundreds of drug slangs used as codes in local parlance to identify a wide range of controlled substances, deadly designer drugs and synthetic compounds. DEA officials have left no stone unturned to ensure the authenticity and comprehensiveness of the information compiled. However, there could be a possibility of future revisions because of the shifting dynamics of the drug scene.
It is extremely useful as authorities need to know the difference between Purple Haze (LSD) and Purple Rain (PCP), or Scooby Snacks (MDMA) and Kibbles and Bits (Ritalin). While terms such as Reefer, Wacky Tobacky or Smoochy Woochy Poochy for marijuana may sound immensely archaic, slangs such as Movie Star Drug, Bolivian Marching Powder, Florida Snow, Joy Flakes, Designer Jeans and Devil’s Dandruff for cocaine, can seem pretty ridiculous and undoubtedly colorful.
Mexican drug-trafficking organizations, particularly those affiliated to the infamous Sinaloa Cartel, control the transportation of drugs into and throughout the states of Arizona and California. The ports of entry along the 2,000 miles of international border stretching from San Diego in California to Brownsville in Texas are the major gateways for the entry of colossal quantities of marijuana, ice methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexico into the U.S.
These drug cartels tie up with members of small, unaffiliated, neighborhood gangs in different cities across the U.S. to acquire new distribution networks and territories. Gang involvement in the drug market has led to a phenomenal spike in the amount of violence throughout certain cities due to the members fighting over profit sharing and market monopoly. Drug traffickers have exploited the latest advancements in technology to penetrate deep into the country to reach out to a completely new group of end-users and patrons like curious high schoolers, aspiring college athletes, inspiring professors and ambitious professionals.
Nevertheless, slang words in Spanish form a significant part of the list compiled by the DEA, which most drug traffickers use to dodge federal authorities. For example, Lechuga, which is the Spanish word for lettuce, is also the slang for marijuana. Similarly, Muchacha (girl), Pollito (little chicken), Ventanas (windows), and Piñatas (containers often made of papier-mâché) are allegedly code words for methamphetamine. Heroin is also known as Avocado (pear), Chorizo (spicy Spanish pork sausage), or Manteca (butter). Cocaine is referred to as Pescado (fish), queso blanco (white cheese), or tamales (Mexican dish of seasoned meat and maize flour steamed or baked in maize husks placed in banana leaves); the list is unending.
The unceasing threat of narcotics and illegal substances flowing across the United States-Mexico border makes it necessary for law enforcement officials, whose job is to listen to Mexican narco cartels on wiretap, to make strategic plans to bust the drug consignments. The Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Los Zetas Cartel and the Arellano-Felix Cartel are some of the major drug cartels which facilitate the never ending flow of illegal substances and narcotics across the border.
Decide to quit drugs for a good life
The U.S. government is leaving no stone unturned in combating the drug trafficking menace on both the supply and demand fronts in order to curb the ever growing menace. Additionally, authorities are also working on relaxing several stringent drug laws to make a revolutionary transition from enforcement and penalization to education, treatment, and prevention. Nevertheless, treatment of any addiction depends on an individual’s willingness to break free from the clutches of drugs.
Unfortunately, most individuals fall prey to an addiction more quickly than they might ever realize. The only way to break free from the clasps of deadly substances is to undergo a specialized treatment for addiction to prescription drugs at a professional drug addiction rehabilitation center.
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