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United States Drug Sentencing for those who break the law

Tina Kelson


Lesa Hadley

April 4, 2011

United States Drug Sentencing for those who break the law

In America today there is a big controversy with drug trafficking. What is drug trafficking? Drug trafficking is the sale and distribution of illegal drugs. What is obtaining dangerous drugs mean? The researcher found is intending to aid a person to obtain dangerous drugs and practice outside of their scope of practice. The topic the researcher has chosen is how to reduce drug trafficking in the United States. The author will focus on how drug dealers need to get harsher sentences then they do know and this may help reduce drug trafficking in the United States. The examiner has also determined that harsher sentencing is important factor in controlling to get the most serious drugs off the streets, for example, LSD, Heroin, and Cocaine. The researcher will conduct their analysis on harsher sentences for drug possessors, those who obtain dangerous drugs, and law enforcement agents who are charged with drug trafficking. Should those who possessed drugs or those who obtain illegal drugs and those who are involved bringing it across ours borders spend more time in prison then those who commit rape or rob a bank? America needs to impose tougher sentencing on those who chose to break the law and this will help reduce drug trafficking in America. Research done will show why they need to impose harsher sentencing for those chose to break the law and here what the author has found.

In examining drug trafficking, the researcher found that those who possess it get harsher sentences then those who commit rape. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) it depends on how much cocaine or marijuana or other substances they have on them. For example, a first time offender that has 500-4999 mixture can get at least five years but no more than 40 years. (Drug Enforcement Administration, 2011). Another example, a second time they commit the same crime they can get no less than 10 years and no more than life imprisonment (Drug Enforcement Administration, 2011). The sentence for a second time offender that has 1,000kilograms of marijuana or plants can get no less than 20 years and no more than life. The researcher found a study done by Syracuse University confirmed that the average sentencing was for those who were first time offenders and those who cooperate with the law has declined over the years (Strausberg , 2000).

Gainsborough states, they need to arget the more serious drugs and the major drug dealers? She goes on to say they go after the low-level offenders because they are easier to catch (Strausberg, 2000).The bottom line is when is Americans citizens going to do drug dealers within their own communities? (Strausberg , 2000).

Most of the drug offenders behind bars are harmless, helpless, and victims of poverty and racism. The state of New York has the two toughest laws in history for those who possessed high amounts of drugs. One is the Rockefeller

Drug Law (RDL) and the other is Second Felony Offender Law (SFOL) (Dilulio, 1999). Should they get off so easy, No and it’s time to push for harsher sentencing for those who commit the crimes of distribution and the intent to sale. “In 1997, 47 percent of new yorks incoming prisoners (9,809 people) and 33 percent of all prisoners’ on any given day (22,670 people) were those of last and most serious convictions offenses was a drug crime”. (Dilulio, 1999).

In discussing the issues about pharmacists need to get harsher sentences as well. In a recent article, it said that two pharmacists plead guilty to five counts to complicity to deception to obtain dangerous drugs. They will spend only twelve months in jail for this which is a fifth degree felony. Why should they only get twelve months for this and they filled over 9,115 prescriptions. What kind of justice is this? They deserve to get five to ten years in prison for this. If they commit the crime they deserve to do the time (Bobby, 2011). In another article, stated that they only gave an ex-pharmacist eighteen months in jail for drug trafficking and may not spend no jail at all due to a health condition (Bobby, 2011). What about those who decide to participate in gangs and charged with a numerous of charges ranging from murder, felonious assault, burglary, and drug trafficking that include crack, heroin, and marijuana (Ferrise, 2011). On the other hand, Pharmacists are put in middle of whether to do what is the ethic thing to do or not to have any involvement in doing the wrong thing. For Example, It is against State and Federal law for pharmacists to fill prescriptions that they suspect to fraudlenent. The law enforcement agents want them pharmacists to fill those prescriptions instead of arresting them for bogus prescriptions. They chose to arrest them after they have the pills. So these pharmacists put licenses on the line to cooperate. Even though they know that it is unprofessional and also unethical for them to do, but what choice do they have. They are doing their patriot duty. According to the same article, Wal-Mart has a policy that their pharmacists not to participate in drug stings like these. They do not want to put their customer’s or employee’s at risk for something like this. ( Rugger, 2010)

The final area that will be discussed is those who serve public office and help those bring it in to America. For example, an article the researcher came across states that the Mayor in Cancun, Mexico was extradited to the United States. He was brought here due to accepting over pocketing millions of dollars in bribes and also helped those who are ran the Mexican cartel ships ship over 200 tons of cocaine across the border (

Research shows that a mayor of Jackson Center, Pennsylvania, was arrested in Virginia with 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana. It was discovered that this amount of marijuana had a street value of $35,000 (Dave Sess, 2011, Another discovers was how a Michigan Doctor who was charged with unlawfully distributing prescriptions drug controlled substances. The researcher found an eighty-seven paper that contained cases against doctors. Those doctors were charged with anything from possession with intent to distribute to the illegal sale of prescription drug samples (Drug Enforcement Administration, 2011). The author came across an article where a law enforcement officer was arrested for drug conspiracy and fraud (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) ( In a recent new report, twenty-eight people were indicted in an organize drug pipeline that ran through New York and San Diego, which had lead to Mexico cartels. Those people that face these charges were caught bringing marijuana, crack, cocaine, meth, and heroin from the East Coast to the West Coast and eventually back to Youngstown, Ohio. Half dozen of those people that were indicted were from Youngstown, Ohio. According to Dettelbach, United States Attorney, stated “It sends a strong message to people who are making decisions about whether or not they are going to spread this poison in Youngstown. And the message is you’re not welcome here and there’s a cost to pay”. (Steven Dettelbach) (Gerry Ricciutti, 2011, In a recent article, a local police officer was arrested for tipping off two drug dealers. He used his power to access a special statewide law enforcement computer network to tip them off. He only received five years probation and lost his law enforcement job last October. (Bobby, 2011). The researcher is appalled on this, he took a oath to serve and protected the people who in his neighborhood and what kind of example did he set for those who are currently law enforcement officials and the young people who chose law enforcement for their career choice. It is time for Ohio law makers to be tougher and stricter on those who chose to help those bring illegal drugs into the community no matter who you are. The author discovered an article, where a narcotic officer who was injured in drug raid. He work as a Drug Enforcement Agent, since he got injured he see’s how illicit drugs can ruin people’s life’s. When he was a DEA officer he see’s how patients are in the fear they will not be able to get their medicine from doctors because their afraid of the DEA and the regulations. He said it easier to get the pain medication on the streets than the doctor. According to the American Pain Foundation one in four pains patients cannot get treatment. (Sternberg, 2005). Virginia pain specialist William Hurwitz was arrested for overprescribing controlled drugs. He was sentence to twenty-five years in prison in April. (Sternberg, 2005).

In all reality it is time to let those who break the law of bringing drugs into the United States. Those who commit these acts should be punishing to 15 to 20 years in prison to show other’s that we will not tolerate this. The researcher states it is time for Americans to help the government fight the war on drug trafficking. They need to educate their children the dangers of those drugs and what can happen. Should doctors, mayors, and law enforcement agents be any different from those who possesses the drugs. The researcher discovered that is time for American’s have a safe and drug-free America and not be afraid to let children play outside due to the drive by shootings that occur when a drug deal goes bad. The researcher has learned we have support the government on this issue and continue to fight the war on drugs. The researcher has discovered that the need to get drug trafficking under control due to people dying of drug over dosages.

The researcher will provide you with some statistics regarding drug trafficking. Here is what the researcher found. It states there is a myth in this country that are prisons are filled with drug users and simply is not true. Only 5 percent of those inmates are incarcerated in federal prisons. Other statement is that Michigan Department of Corrections did a study and learned only fifteen prisoners were incarcerated on first-time drug possession charges out of 47,000 inmates. States that are located in the Midwest are coming up programs that

will help to divert them out of the prisons in hope those would want drug treatment. Researchers estimated that more than 50 percent of defendants that were convicted of drug possession will return to criminal behavior

Within two or three years. “In July of 2002, the Ohio Judicial Conference conducted a survey of a selected group of judges”. The results from the survey determine that the judges offer treatment to 100 percent of first-time offenders and over 95 percent of those who were second-time and these percentages are accurate throughout the state (Drug Enforcement Administration, 2011). Give those who willing to do a drug treatment program if they are first-time offenders, but if they lapse and go back doing drugs give them a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. According to an article, In Mexico alone 6,200 people died as the result of drug-related violence. Of those who were killed a 1,000 of them were judges, innocent bystanders, prosecutors, and police officers. (Laine, 2009). In Addition, here are some additional statistics, The Drug Enforcement Agency makes over 30,000 arrests related to sales and distribution of illegal narcotics. The Drug Trafficking business in Mexico produces over 50 billion dollars. Another statistic is, It is believed the lost of Mexico’s drug trafficking industry would cause the United States economy to be reduced by 63 percent. Another great statistic is how the DEA seized these amounts of illegal Drugs and they are: Cocaine: 49,823.3 KGs, Heroin: 598.6 KGs, Marijuana: 660,969.2 KGs, Methamphetamines: 1,540.4 KGs, and Hallucinogens: 9,199,693 individual units. (Drug Abuse, 2011), In a recent article, alleged Mexican Drug kingpin Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera was extradited back to the United States on Friday, March 11, 2011 and later that he was arraigned before the United States magistrate Judge L. Poilak in federal courthouse. It is to believe to be one of the leaders of organization called “Los Gueros” and he responsible for shipping more than 100 tons of cocaine to the United States. He was arrested on provisional warrant that was issued by the Eastern District of New York and he also faces federal criminal charges in the District of Columbia. The organization “Los Gueros” imported over 100,000 kilograms (100 tons) of cocaine in the United States and very same organization is responsible for shipping over 2,000 kilograms (two tons) of Cocaine to New York City alone. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of only ten years imprisonment and forfeiture of $50 million dollars. The author discovered an article about former sheriff from Columbia, South Carolina, and he was charged with thirty-eight counts of drug conspiracy and racketeering. He took bribes from drug dealers and they confirmed the bribe with a handshake given to him or friend of his named Williams. Before he took these bribes he made $65,000 a year. He took oath and the American people in his neighborhood vote to put him in office and this is the respect he gives them. He was ordered to pay back $19,000 in restitution to Lee County. He currently is serving seventeen years in federal prison for what he done. (Anonymous, 2011). A new study determined that National Football League retired players use painkillers more than the general population. The use of opioids was discovered by the league after the past Super Bowl Championship game. The NFL is the biggest league for football and players are taking illegal painkiller’s to relieve the pain. Sprains and Strains are the most common injuries the football player’s receive. The Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common injuries in football player’s and people hear about them in some kind of illegal activity involving drugs and what is the affect on them while they play and there is no answer for this. (Anonymous, 2011)

American needs to help the government and cooperate with law enforcement to take our streets back and our own country. There is no excuse for ignorance when it comes to drug trafficking whether it is the intent to distribute, sale, or complicity to obtain dangerous drugs. As the researcher they need to get drugs off the street and keep them away from children and adults due to too many dying from drug abuse. Should innocent people have to suffer because someone decides to get high or a drug deal gone badly? The researcher concludes with this, children are future and this generation needs to take control and make America a drug-free community and workplace. As the researcher stated all the facts, there is a definitely need for stricter penalties for people who decide to possesses drugs as well as people who decide to help bring the drugs into the United States. The need for stiffer penalties is need for young man who was only eleven years old and died because of a drive-by shooting that was drug related. It is ashamed that this young man could not sit the comfort of his sister’s house and have to die in a horrible death. The two men that were charged are serving life in prisonments sentences. Not only did this young man die, another man die as well due to this drive-by shooting. Young McCoy, three year old cousin was injured during the drive-by shooting. In remembrance of the slain boy a company named One Health Ohio named the faculty after him in his memory. (Anonymous, 2011). As the author, it is time for parents to know what their children are, what they are doing, who their friends are, and how to determine if they are on drugs. There are several programs parents can go to get help for their children and themselves if they happen to be addicted. As all the statists above was mentioned, the law maker’s need to find more money or jail space to lock up these kinds of people. There is a great need for support from the community to help stop the war on drugs and help educated children to say no to drugs. The author has come to the conclusion that harsher sentencing is needed to get the hard illegal drugs such as LSD, Marijuana, Crack, and Cocaine off the streets. These drugs make to our neighborhoods due to the drug cartels in Mexico. If the government wants to reduce drug trafficking in the United States they need to start taking down more of the cartels in Mexico and sentencing longer, give them higher fines, and make them donate the money they have on them or caught with to a worthy charity such as Salvation Army or Local Food Bank. The government needs to start making example of those law enforcement officers who are caught for conspiracy or what the charge may be and give them longer harder sentences. There is no excuse that as American citizens should have to live in fear and they should be able to walk down the side walk at night as well and not be afraid. If America wants to take control of America they start making the law enforcement officers who pontificates the drugs in a drug bust and say something happen to and they end up taking the drugs themselves and selling them. America needs to impose tougher sentencing on those who chose to break the law and this will help reduce drug trafficking in America. Research that was done will show why there is a need to impose harsher sentencing for those chose to break the law and here what the author has found. America can be a beautiful place to live if they in Washington D.C. Makes it harder sentences for those who bring drugs across our borders and the time is now. The government needs to make harsher sentencing for those who decide to participate in organizations that bring illegal drugs to the United States. The time is now for America to rid our country of those who decide to be involved in gangs, illegal activity, and obtaining dangerous substances. It is time to make America a drug-free country and safe to be American. Time for the War on Drugs to over and make America to beautiful again.


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