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3 held for operating major drug racket in Orlando nightclubs
After almost a year of collective investigative efforts, detectives from the Orlando Police Department (OPD) on July 12, 2017, arrested three suspects on charges of operating a major drug distribution racket in the area’s nightclubs. Police officers also seized large quantities of party drugs, such as steroids, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, Xanax, marijuana and methamphetamine from the Lake Eola condominiums on East Washington Street in Downtown Orlando, where the trio stayed, media reports said.
According to the police, 26-year-old Alexandra Sanchez, 34-year-old Andrea Jablonski and 40-year-old Robley Bruce were taken into custody on charges of narcotic trafficking and possession. OPD Sergeant Darron Esan said that the three individuals were unemployed for a while and engaged in selling drugs for a living. Esan also added the possibility of additional ring members and said that the investigative operations would continue.
The OPD’s Drug Enforcement Division and Tactical Anti-Crime Unit struck several undercover deals to bust the ring and gathered sufficient evidence to procure search warrants. According to Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido, members of the ring would usually sell drugs at nightclubs across Downtown Orlando.
As per the Orlando police, 858.9 grams of cocaine, 565 grams of cannabis, 21.8 grams of amphetamine, 439.4 grams of MDMA, 130 Steroid pills, 7 grams of LSD, 1,162.1 grams of Xanax, $46,092 in cash and one vehicle have been seized during the raid.
Increasing drug use in nightclubs is a major concern
Amid all the fun and frolic inside a nightclub, there is a rampant danger of being exposed to deadly designer drugs in addition to the free-flowing alcohol and cigarettes, say experts. Designer drugs, also known as rave drugs or party drugs, are a category of recreational drugs linked to nightclubs, discothèques, dance clubs and electronic dance music (EDM) parties.
As the name suggests, designer drugs, such as ketamine, LSD, MDMA and many others are mostly synthesized in laboratories. These drugs are widely abused for their stimulating properties by partygoers and dancers at all-night events. Some common types of club drugs are inhalants (laughing gas, poppers), stimulants (cocaine, amphetamine), entactogens (ecstasy, 2C-B), psychedelics (LSD, DMT) and sedatives (GHB, Rohypnol).
In the rave environment of nightclubs, the sensory effects from the music and lighting are generally synergistic with designer drugs, causing patrons to experience a feeling of social intimacy and communion with fellow-clubbers owing to the inhibition-reducing effects of the drugs. Moreover, people view it as some kind of an all-night party fuel for non-stop dancing and having a great time. On the flip side, each category of designer drugs has harmful side effects, including the risk of addiction. Steady rise in body temperature and blood pressure, dehydration, muscular spasms, nausea, respiratory problems, drowsiness and confusion are some of the negative effects of using party drugs. Additionally, regular users also face a severe risk of withdrawal, which could further aggravate their condition.
Leading a drug-free life
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to party drugs or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Orlando Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 407-545-6829 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.