Marijuana Trafficking

Over the past 25 years the amount of marijuana that is seized in the United States has been rising. The rising amount of marijuana being seized is a big result of the amount of marijuana being trafficked across the United States. In future years the amount being trafficked will rise due to medical marijuana becoming legal in some states and continuing to become legal in more states. There will be future problems and a lot more marijuana seized in the United States because of this law going through that is legalizing medical marijuana.

There will be many more arrests due to the sale of marijuana also. The seize of marijuana was at its all-time high of 723,716 kilograms in 2010. Although it went down a little in 2011 it was still one of the top 5 highest years for marijuana being seized. (DEA, 2012) The amount of marijuana seized from the year 2000 to 2003 went up drastically. The number of arrests due to marijuana also rose over the years. The more marijuana that is trafficked the more arrests were being made. (FBI, 2012) In 2004 a man was killed from being involved in a world of drugs, guns, money laundering, and murder.

“The suspected killers were among nine men facing racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with a recently smashed organized crime ring that stretched from the Dominican Republic to upper Manhattan and ran tons of marijuana into the United States through Florida while laundering millions of dollars, federal authorities announced. ” On Tuesday, federal authorities charged 39-year-old Manuel Geovanny Rodriguez-Perez, the reputed ringleader, 30-year-old Miguel Cantres-Sanjurjo and his 29-year-old cousin, Felipe Cantres-Sanjurjo, in Molina's death.

Each face charges of murder for hire, conspiracy to commit murder for hire, murder in aid of racketeering, murder while engaged in narcotic trafficking and murder with a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking. Rodriguez-Perez is accused of killing six men, including Molina. Rodriguez-Perez has been in federal custody since October 2010, when he was arrested as part of a vast marijuana trafficking ring involving more than 50 people, including Roc-A-Fella Records founder Kareem Burke, who was sentenced in June to five years in prison.

The cousins face additional murder charges in connection with the slayings of two other men as well as attempted murder, racketeering and marijuana trafficking charges. Felipe Cantres-Sanjurjo was taken into custody in Puerto Rico and turned over to federal agents. Miguel Cantres-Sanjurjo was already in federal custody on an unrelated robbery conviction. "These nine defendants were part of a sweeping enterprise that has the blood of six people on its hands," Preet Bharara, U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a statement.

"Thanks to the continued dedication and commitment of our law enforcement partners, we are now able to bring them to justice. " Molina grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, where he opened Millennium All Star Barber Shop on Nagle Avenue, near 196th Street, in October 2000, The Record reported at the time of his murder. A year later, the family moved to Englewood. Around midnight on May 3, 2004, Molina arrived at his West Forest Avenue home with his wife and children. They all went inside while he went around back to check on their dog.

When he returned to the driveway, he was shot multiple times by two assailants, police said. His wife heard the shots and called 911. Emergency workers arrived within minutes but were unable to save him. In an interview with the Record after the killing, Molina's father, Francisco, called his son "a noble boy who dedicated all his time to his children. " The victim's childhood friend, Hector Tavares, said Molina spent every waking moment with his children, taking them to the park, karate classes and school. From the outset, though, investigators suspected Molina had been living a double life.

Hours after the killing, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said the fatal shooting did not appear to be random, and Torell, the Englewood detective, said the shooting appeared to be drug-related. "His name was known in the drug world in New York City," Torell said of Molina. Englewood police began working with the New York Police Department because the people they wanted to interview in the killing were from Molina's old neighborhood in upper Manhattan. New York police also might know the names of suspects that Englewood investigators knew only by street names, he said.

The investigation took Englewood detectives to Miami and suburban Boston as they continued to track down leads. About a year into their search, Torell said, they learned that federal agencies were running a separate drug and money laundering investigation that involved their suspects. "They weren't looking at the Molina murder to begin with," he said. "We gave them boxes and boxes of information, and they gave us information we didn't have. It was a good exchange. " Torell said Englewood police continued to work with federal authorities, whose investigation now included Molina's murder.

"They certainly had a lot of resources we didn't," he said. "We were confident they were heading in the right direction. " The federal investigation, called "Operation Green Venom," involved U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the NYPD. Torell said Thursday he hasn't been able to reach Molina's wife to tell her about the arrests -- the cellphone number he had for her has been disconnected. No one was home Thursday afternoon at the house where Molina lived with his wife and children, where he died after being shot in the driveway.

” (North Jersey Media Group Inc. , 2012) This is just one of many incidents where the trafficking or drugs claims the life of innocent people. This man had a wife and children. He was involved with drugs and it ultimately cost him his life. Marijuana trafficking has already caused so many problems and deaths in the United States. There will be future problems and a lot more marijuana seized in the United States. The only way to lower the violence and the trafficking of marijuana is to keep it illegal in all states and to have better security at the borders.

Suspected vehicles should be stopped and searched if there is good reason to believe there is trafficking going on with that vehicle. Reference Page United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Retrieved from http://www. justice. gov/dea/statistics. html (2012). Drugs and Crime Facts. Retrieved from http://bjs. ojp. usdoj. gov/content/dcf/enforce. cfm New Jersey Record. (2012). North Jersey Media Group Inc. Retrieved from http://campus. westlaw. com/result/default. wl? tofrom=%2fsearch%2fresult. aspx&cfid=1&mt=CampusNewsBus&origin=Search&query=%28MARIJUANA%29+%26+