Los Angeles airport authorities on Oct. 26, 2017, detained Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton after border security officials discovered traces of cocaine from his personal belongings. After drug-sniffing dogs found the drug on him, the 23-year-old British actor, on his way from London to Los Angeles to attend the glitzy premiere of Stranger Things 2 launch party, was deported to the United Kingdom. Heaton wasn’t arrested as he was in possession of negligible amounts of the drug intended for personal use.
Jaime Ruiz, branch chief of strategic media engagement for United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said, “Foreign nationals may be inadmissible due to the commission of a crime involving drug possession. CBP officers treat all international travelers with integrity, respect and professionalism while keeping the highest standards of security.”
In response to the deportation, the actor’s spokesperson said that he didn’t want to comment on the situation and wasn’t sure if Heaton would be able to make it to the U.S. for any forthcoming seasons of Stranger Things.
Meanwhile, Heaton, who rose to fame for playing the role of Jonathon Byers in Netflix supernatural drama series Stranger Things, said he was trying to “rectify” the situation. “My planned travel to the U.S. last week was affected by an issue at U.S. immigration, and I am working to rectify it as soon as possible,” the actor said.
Cocaine use widespread in US
Several surveys indicate that cocaine is the preferred recreational drug of choice in the U.S. after marijuana, particularly among the middle and upper classes of society. This is evident from the fact that colossal amounts of cocaine were seized by CBP officials across all ports of entry in recent years. In the fiscal year 2017, CBP confiscated over 121,100 pounds of cocaine across 328 ports of entry, as compared to the 58,300 pounds seized during fiscal year 2016 and 49,300 pounds in 2015.
In fact, huge consignments of South American cocaine make it into the U.S. through the Central American-Mexican corridor or through the Caribbean to the eastern coastline. Experts attribute the growing rates of supply to the ever-increasing demands for the drug by American consumers. According to border security officials, large shipments of cocaine are transported through the various points of entry (POEs) along the California-Mexico border, mostly via tractor-trailers, trucks, buses and railcars. Once the shipments cross the border, the drugs are sent to various stash houses where they are divided into smaller quantities intended for further distribution across the U.S.
Both cocaine transporters and distributors use their extensive criminal networks to dodge law enforcement authorities as well as resort to bloody violence to safeguard their business interests. Despite all the wars waged against cocaine, the drug is making a comeback in America as more and more young people are attempting to experiment with the addictive substance.
Cocaine is known to induce tremendous psychological dependence by stimulating the pleasure centers in the brain, causing regular users to build high levels of tolerance to the drug. It leads to even more powerful urges to use higher doses to feed addiction. As cocaine highs are intense and short-lived, people abusing the drug are most likely to binge on it to make their high last longer. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 2 million people aged 12 years or older used cocaine in 2015. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) categorizes cocaine as a Schedule II drug. This implies that cocaine is a dangerous, illicit substance with a high potential for abuse.
Leading an addiction-free life
Many families and individuals have suffered great losses due to addiction and are in the midst of desperation. Fortunately, there is hope though the battle to eradicate addiction and restoring sobriety is indeed a daunting task. However, several scientific breakthroughs are helping people overcome addiction-related problems.
If you or a loved one is struggling to break free from addiction to cocaine, contact Sovereign Health of San Clemente, California, which offers a variety of customized treatments for cocaine addiction. Our licensed clinicians use several approaches to resolving each underlying problem. Programs at our cocaine detox centers are tailored to meet an individual’s needs for a holistic treatment. For more information, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives.