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Phoenix Drug Smuggling
Phoenix Suspect Arrested for Drug Involvement
According to the police a suspect responsible for selling around $500,00 in drugs a month in Phoenix has been arrested as well as another man. That’s a pretty good haul in drug activity if you ask me.
The court records show that on July 28th the police raided a home near 27th Avenue and Indian School Road. They found $300,000 in cash as well as 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and almost a pound of meth. Talk about a big bust for the local police.
The police were able to arrest the two men who were apart of a five month long investigation that was titled, “CWT-466”. The first man was twenty-five year old, Victor Perez-Berrera. By the police, he is considered to be a “high ranking member of a drug organization” Which sounds pretty serious.
According to the police, the organization is responsible for selling around $6 million a year in cocaine and methamphetamine in the Phoenix metro are. Sounds like they stay pretty dang busy.
Robbery in Phoenix
A local judge gave Berrera a $100,00 cash bond on charges of conspiracy as well as money laundering and dangerous drugs for sale. The second man was arrested by the police was a forty year old man named Oscar Bailon-Aguirre.
Aguirre is in even more trouble since he’s in the United States without proper documentation. However, he told the police that if he was given the opportunity that he would never sell drugs again. Which I guess that’s good in the long run?
Aguirre was given a cash bond of $50,00 on charges of conspiracy as well as laundering and dangerous drugs for sale.
Drug Smuggling in Arizona
Ironically enough, a sixty-three year old woman with a criminal history in Arizona has been arrested for allegedly carrying cocaine and heroin in her luggage on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said that Cheryl Cheatham was arrested at the Detroit Airport on October 14th.
The DEA agents said that they noticed her acting suspiciously near the baggage carousel. She was reportedly looking at the luggage tags “as if she did not own the luggage, for a very long period of time”. Talk about a fishy situation, but let’s be real older people do weirder things sometimes.
The agents then followed her and watched her as she grabbed her two suitcase then as she hailed a taxi. The taxi then drove her to a hotel. However, the DEA reported that she did NOT check into the hotel which is pretty weird. Why go to a hotel if you’re not staying there? Unless you’re doing something you shouldn’t be.
The officials say that around two hours later, Cheatham then got into a waiting car along with her two suitcases.
The Michigan State Troopers were asked to do a traffic stop. They did and when they did, they had a K-9 do search the car. The K-9 dog alerted the police to the presence of drugs. Sneaky little old lady.
The search revealed two big packages. There was one bag in each suitcase. The bags were bundled in clear plastic.
According to the DEA, one of the bundles had eight individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine. The other contained 9 individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine.
Cheatham of course was then placed under arrest on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
The DEA report also shows that Cheatham had a previous conviction of transporting/selling a controlled substance on July 18,1986 and an arrest by United States Customs for Importing a Controlled Substance on September 29, 1972. Talk about a colorful past.
She apparently had a criminal history in Arizona as well. She was charged with shoplifting and theft there.
Chandler’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary
The United States is always progressing and one of the biggest conflicts is the marijuana debate. Local news was allowed to go visit the dispensary for an exclusive look inside of Chandler’s first dispensary.
According to news reports, this new facility is in place of the old Last Chance Saloon on the Arizona Avenue and Hunt Highway.
On Friday The Herbal Wellness Center will officially open. Patients were anxiously awaiting in line for the soft opening the Wednesday before the Friday opening.
In 2013 the company started their first venture into the Marijuana business. Their first location was in Phoenix.
Chandler Dispensary Opens
The officials in Chandler had tried to fight the dispensary’s opening at first, however they worked hard to come to an agreement to work out all the problems they came up with at first.
Joshua Huntington’s Statement who is the Assistant Manager at Herbal Wellness Center:
We are one of the first state of the art dispensaries in this area especially in Chandler all-around about 25 surrounding miles people are coming from all over.
The manager say that you can look at the items that they have available but you can’t buy them until the opening due to legal requirements. Who ever has an actual medical marijuana card can go ahead and get any kind of bud or pot potion that they would like.
Managers of the dispensaries say that the South Chandler location just makes sense.
According to studies, there are about 4,000 medical marijuana card holders in Chandler. That seems like a high number but that number just continues to grow statewide.
Chandler Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens
Chandler has opened it’s very first medical marijuana dispensary. It’s debut had quite the…welcoming committee.
According to the reports, The Herbal Wellness Center was giving away free pot. They claim up to 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana. They gave a little extra as a thank you gift to every patient that made a purchase. They claimed it was part of the company’s Grand Opening celebration. Of course, the promotion worked very well. Claims have said that there has been a steady stream of medical marijuana card holders that went into the clinic.
Wellness Center Gives Away Free Pot
The owner of The Herbal Wellness Center, Rami Sweis said that he definitley saw the need to having a center in the area of the Southeast Valley. His facility is located near Arizona Avenue near Hunt Highway.
Sweis is expecting a great success, which so far it’s proven to be one. As time goes on he expects even more people to register for the medical marijuana card. He hopes his Center is convenient for the residents.
Arizona is one of the twenty-three states in the United States that actually have medical marijuana programs. It’s a bit of an “unorthodox” business, but it’s helps a lot of people. While, the businesses do provide help, marijuana is still prohibited under Federal law. Which makes it a hard honest business to get into.
It’s a Schedule I substance and distributing is of course a federal offense, even though their President has urged the federal prosecutors to not prosecute anyone who is selling medical marijuana in a state that allows it.
Which it makes the business start up even harder. Because a lot of banks actually refuse to work with the dispensaries because they fear a federal crackdown, which they should. The dispensaries do not accept credit cards for this reason so they can only do the transactions in cash only. Which makes it hard on some of their customers. A lot of people do not carry cash on them any more. It’s so much easier to keep a debit or credit card on hand.
The Herbal Wellness Center has a great set up and tries to be as secure as possible. They have security guards at the door for extra protection. There’s also a number of security cameras which covers almost every corner of the facility.
They have great hopes for the facilities at Chandler and the other one which is located at 40th Avenue and Indian School which is in Phoenix.
The center hopes to employee around two hundred people before the end of the year. This place is helping people and creating jobs, what else could you want from a brand new business?
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