Combating Drug Trafficking in Michigan

According to the department of Justice in Michigan, the largest threat to the State in terms of drug trafficking is the production of methamphetamine.  Primary trafficking routes consist of the major highways through the State, including I-94, I-69, I-80 and I-75.  In a report published in 2010, the major drugs such as Cocaine, Marijuana and Methamphetamine are among the higher trafficking substances through the State.

Substance Abuse is only in part driven by drug trafficking.

Recently the Sheriff department in Genessee County Michigan has begun a series of drug inspection checkpoints on the highways neat Flint.  The checkpoint approach is unique, and a very direct approach by the Sheriff department to catch the drug traffickers. However, in this same article, the State attorney General questions whether such an approach will stand up to a challenge in court. 

As a citizen, I applaud the efforts of the sheriff department to take this sort of action.  Too many times nothing is done, and the system favors the drug pushers.  The gripping addiction of drugs is a growing problem in Michigan, and across the country.  Taking an effective stand to enforce the law is important, and I would like to see similar enforcement across the state.

However, sophisticated addicts no longer need the drug traffick system to obtain

Drugs destroy lives.

their drugs.  The Internet offers so many ways to buy drugs from other countries, such as Canada, and have them shipped Federal Express, that one can only wonder if there is anyway to combat this.  Are we going to start searching every Fed-Ex package that comes in from another country?  Hardly seems practical.  It is equally impractical to try to police the internet, however, this may be the better approach. 

It is a very interesting problem that is growing in all areas.  The boldness of the Genessee County sheriff department is definitely noteworthy. 

In the end I do not see that government will solve the problem.  The people will have to solve it through education, one on one.  This will in turn decrease the demand, and ultimately end the epidemic.

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