Police arrested a woman for driving under the influence while transporting hundreds of bags of heroin after she caused a car crash in Connecticut.
First responders in Wallingford, Conn., were called Friday afternoon to a crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of South Cherry and Ward Street. While questioning 32-year-old Jennifer Tracy, who was found at fault for the collision, police became suspicious she was intoxicated. They also noticed she had something hidden underneath her jacket, reports My Record Journal.
Tracy allegedly became angry when asked about the bulge in her jacket and began struggling with officers. During the scuffle, “several bundles of heroin fell out of her sleeves.” Police found an additional 570 bags of heroin smuggled under her sleeves and inside her bra.
Tracy, who will appear in court April 6, faces a number of charges including interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and operating a veichle under the influence.
Large quantities of narcotics continue to flow throughout the U.S. due to the relentless efforts of drug traffickers taking advantage of America’s deteriorating opioid epidemic.
Authorities in Arizona recently arrested two illegal immigrants from Mexico after discovering more than $100,000 worth of heroin smuggled in their car. After pulling over a couple for a minor violation, the “deputies noticed (the woman) appeared to be hiding something underneath her shirt.” Upon a subsequent search, police discovered roughly $150,000 worth of heroin taped to the chest and torso of the woman.
Drug overdoses, from substances like heroin and fentanyl, are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Opioid overdoses made up a staggering 66 percent of all drug overdose deaths in 2016, surpassing the annual number of lives lost to breast cancer.
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