Illegal Aliens Charged In Heroin Scheme That Led To Overdose Deaths In Tennessee

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by Will Racke


Two illegal aliens have been indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy and drug distribution for allegedly running a drug trafficking operation that led to the overdose deaths of at least two people in Tennessee, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Juan Manuel Morales-Rodriguez, 39, and Juan Samudio-Castro — both Mexican nationals — directed a heroin and fentanyl delivery service in Williamson County, Tenn., according to the nine-count indictment returned Wednesday.

Daily Caller News FoundationAlong with two U.S. citizen partners, the men allegedly delivered the potent opioids up and down the I-65 corridor, just south of Nashville. In March, at least two people in nearby Maury County, Tenn. died as a result of overdosing on the heroin and fentanyl they purchased from the operation, according to the indictment.

Samudio-Castro and Morales-Rodriguez are both in the U.S. unlawfully. Morales-Rodriguez was previously deported and has also been charged with with aggravated illegal reentry.

Don Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, described the case as a result of “unchecked” illegal immigration and drug trafficking across the southwest border.

“This is yet another tragic example of the consequences of a long unchecked immigration system and the ease in which these illegal drugs enter our country,” Cochran said in a statement on Thursday.

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Although Mexico-based drug trafficking into the eastern half of the U.S. has historically focused on cocaine and marijuana, Mexican cartels have in recent years ramped up their distribution of heroin and the ultra-potent fentanyl. Today, more than 90 percent of the heroin consumed in the U.S. can be sourced to Mexico, according to DEA estimates. Mexican cartels have also boosted their capacity to produce fentanyl, which is highly profitable and easily smuggled across the border in small quantities.

The explosion of poppy cultivation in Mexico has fueled historic violence there, and a wave of overdose deaths across America. Mexcio recorded more than 29,000 murders in 2017, the highest annual death toll since the government began keeping records.

The year before, more than 40,000 people in the U.S. died from opioid overdoses, the highest number ever, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 60 percent of those deaths were attributed to heroin or fentanyl, while the other 40 percent involved prescription opiods.

Tennessee has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. In 2016, its rate of 18.1 overdose deaths per 100,000 persons was much higher than the national rate of 13.3.

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3 Thoughts to “Illegal Aliens Charged In Heroin Scheme That Led To Overdose Deaths In Tennessee”

  1. Randall

    Build that wall !

  2. Terry

    An excellent book on the opioid crisis is “Dreamland” by Sam Quinones – it’s available at most public libraries. In that book, he describes in detail the fundamental role of illegal aliens and the trafficking business model. Some highlights:

    – the trafficking operation is largely concentrated in one state in Mexico, most all are blood relations
    – the operations make ordering heroin as easy as ordering a pizza – the addict calls a number, a central call center. That call center, in turn, pages the runners to meet the addict to deliver the heroin
    -the runners do not carry large amounts of the drugs at any one time, often times they carry it inside their mouths, tied in small balloons. If confronted by law enforcement, they simply swallow the balloons without fear of overdose, and excrete them later
    – the addiction often begins with legitimate use of painkillers. The painkillers are sold for much higher prices than the heroin. So an addict gets the painkillers via Medicaid, $3 for a bottle of 30 day supply, and each pill can be sold at an outrageous markup. The addict use the small percentage of the proceeds he gets to buy the much cheaper heroin.
    – anonymity and the ability to blend in with the local populace is key – in areas that have a low population of illegal aliens,, the heroin addiction rates are likewise lower.

    It’s an excellent book, the Governor of Kentucky delivered copies to each member of his state legislature.

  3. 83ragtop50

    Just doing the jobs that American citizens won’t do. How would America ever survive without this filth?