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Metro Nashville Police Dismantle Cocaine Distribution Network

December 10th, 2014 | By Addiction Campuses

19 Arrested, 59lbs. of Cocaine Seized

(Photos courtesy of Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Nashville Police announced today that they dismantled a cocaine distribution network. According to police, 19 people were arrested, and police were able to seize 59lbs. of cocaine and $449,000 in cash. According to the data book issued by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Tennessee ranks 12th for illicit drug use other than marijuana among adults 26 years and older. The National Drug Intelligence Center says Tennessee is a transit area for drugs, particularly cocaine, destined for other states. The major interstates extend through rural areas and mountainous terrain and provide for the transportation of drugs.

What Addiction Campuses is finding is that dealers are easily accessible in every neighborhood.

“You can go to a bar and someone knows someone who has it,” says Brett Oglesby, Addiction Campus Call Center Representative who is in recovery from cocaine addiction. “There was never a weekend when we went out that if we didn’t have it, we didn’t know where to get it.”

Our call center is seeing a common practice by alcoholics that are increasing cocaine usage while abusing alcohol because it allows the addict to stay up and drink more.

“It gives you a feeling of euphoria,” says Oglesby. “You can keep drinking and not pass out.”

Monday at the Tennessee Public Safety Summit it was addressed that “We’re not going to arrest our way out of this problem. Enforcement is just as important as prevention and treatment.” Without better access to treatment, drugs will continue to make their way through Tennessee as long as there is a market for them. We applaud the Metro Nashville Police Department’s efforts. We also strongly recommend getting addicts who suffer from the disease of cocaine addiction into treatment as soon as possible to keep our communities safe. While jail is necessary to keep drug traffickers off our streets, we also point out that incarceration without treatment is an ineffective solution to substance abuse. A person with an untreated addiction will count the days until release until they are able to use again.

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