This summer new drugs have arrived to the streets of Baltimore because a large number of pharmacy robberies during the riots following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. The Drug Enforcement Administration said that around 175,000 doses of opiates are now being sold in broad daylight across Baltimore. According to the DEA, the amount of prescription drugs that swamped the city is enough to keep local drug addicts high for a whole year.
Related or not, the police are struggling with a large number of murders and shootings happening on the streets. According to law enforcement officials, the influx of these drugs is certainly increasing overall crime rate in the city. DEA has responded to the crisis by trying to capture drug lords that rule Baltimore and to put an end to drug dealing organizations in the area.
Drug users who buy prescription drugs on the streets soon run out of money and turn to robbing. A milligram of these drugs can cost up to USD 1. Another problem with the drug influx is the increasing competition between the drug gangs which results in more violence and deaths. "In some cases you have the gangs taxing other gangs or independent drug dealers," DEA agent Gary Tuggle said. “Other times, gangs feel their territory is being threatened, which leads to a disruption in the balance of power and "that's only going to lead to violence."
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