Georgia’s New Cocaine Problem
The drug problem is nothing new to Georgians, we have been through the worst of it, at least we thought. Local news seems to have put more focus on the recent boom in drug related crimes. It may not be just for ratings and selling ad space. In the past 6 months we have seen a dramatic upswing. Most petty crimes and convictions, the difference this time is that almost every offender is under the influence or possession of narcotics.
Once known as an the “elite” drug of choice, Cocaine seems to play a major role in the recent burst of crimes. Its elite status has morphed into the major force behind low level criminal activity.
An example would be the recent traffic stop that lead to arrest. During a regular traffic check, deputies in Calhoun conducted a the routine background check to find, Kendall Donta was under warranty and in possession of Cocaine. He was taken in without incident and charged with trafficking.
Cocaine distribution is a family affair. In one case, a 6 month long investigation not only lead to changes for the perpetrator but also the arrest of his mother. Milo Mumford was under intense investigation for quite some time. Under suspicion of cocaine trafficking and weapon possession. The authorities were able to seize drugs, guns, cash and Renae Mumford, Milo’s mother. Milo managed to evade police and is still on the run.
Is this a Potential Cocaine Epidemic?
It’s not the scale of the crimes that’s frightening, it’s their rate of growth. Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs out and it can easily be converted to Crack. Crack is know to be 10x more addictive and cheaper. Most Cocaine addicts turn to crack as an easy to get alternative.
So how can we slow down or stop the rise in addiction? By raising drug awareness and creating available rehab programs. There once was a time when crack was not just a local problem, it affected the entire American continent. This problem arose after the cocaine boom had peaked.
At that transition, cocaine addict became crack addicts and petty crimes became violent. This was all happened under the noses of the authorities and DEA. While they were distracted with cocaine trafficking, crack was born and spread like wildfire. The only lesson we have learned from the “war on drugs” is that education and rehabilitation works better than arrests.
By raising awareness in public schools, young children learned the dangers of addiction. They knew what drugs were, how to avoid them and to identify the signs of addiction. Rehabs worked better than jail, one of the biggest surprises was the amount of addicts that turn themselves into rehab centers. Once a safe and free center was opened addicts decided to find Cocaine detox methods and centers on their own.
Let’s learn from the past and snip this in the butt. Don’t wait for this drug problem to get out of hand. Voice your opinion and let’s do something about this today!