Mexicans Arrested for Drug Trafficking
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Johnson City Mexican Sentenced On Cocaine - Firearms Charges

September 12, 2012 Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Mexican Citizen Residing In Johnson City Sentenced On Cocaine And Firearms Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn - On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Raul Alfaro, 56, of Johnson City, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Leon Jordan, U.S. District Judge, to serve 120 months in federal prison for his role in multiple cocaine and firearms offenses.

In October and November 2011, Alfaro sold cocaine to an individual working on the behalf of law enforcement. He also offered to sell the individual a variety of firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle. In order to show the weapons he had for sale, Alfaro took pictures of the AK-47, a. 380 pistol, a .357 magnum, a 9mm pistol and a shotgun and texted them to this individual. In November 2011, Alfaro met the individual again and sold him the .357 revolver.

In November 2011 after a recorded drug transaction law enforcement agents searched Alfaro's vehicle and found approximately 10 ounces of cocaine, digital scales, the 9mm pistol Alfaro had previously offered to sell and a magazine with six rounds of ammunition.

Search warrants were subsequently executed at the residences of Alfaro and Gonzalez. Agents located and seized six firearms and close to 400 rounds of ammunition at Alfaro's residence. Agents located and seized over $20,000.00 in U.S. currency, a .25 caliber handgun, ammunition, approximately 45 grams of cocaine and digital scales at Gonzalez's residence.

Also see Mexicans Plead Guilty to Cocaine and Firearms Charges in Johnson City

One constant legal argument is the prison sentences for crack are often far worse than for plain old cocaine. This has led to charges of racism because blacks are the primary users of crack while better refined and more expensive cocaine is used by more affluent whites. Let's stop being racists and allow all the dope minority children can consume flow freely into their communities. After all we don't want the taint of racism no matter what the cost.

82% of drug-zone defendants are black;
lawyer sees 'gross disparity'

This was the headline November 12, 2010 at This involves the 551 prosecutions launched under the state's Drug-Free School Zone Act, or DFSZA, by Knoxville police. 82 percent of those arrested are black. Some attorney named Susan Shipley says, "It's a gross disparity."

She doesn't deny they are guilty and clearly are as repeat offenders, it's because Knox County is less than 20 percent black it's racism, period. Her beef is,

People caught with as little as a handful of crack cocaine "rocks" in the inner city often merit probation sans a DFSZA charge. But those same offenders charged with a drug-zone violation face 15 to 25 years in prison with no possibility of parole - a penalty harsher than that meted out to killers convicted of second-degree murder...

in a motion filed on behalf of client Valerie McDaniel that, although the intent of the law was to protect school kids from drug dealers, it is instead being used to target inner-city residents, most of whom are black, poor and live in housing projects located - at the direction of "urban planners" - near schools.

So we should have a race quota system where arrests are made only on the basis of race and we can't arrest no more than 20 percent blacks before we arrest 80 percent whites for crime blacks commit in disproportionate numbers that hurt blacks in disproportionate numbers? Is this person even rational?

The fact is blacks do commit these crimes in vast disproportionate numbers (along with the associated violence, etc.) which will lead to disproportionate numbers of arrests. It's reason and facts Susan, not racism. And being poor because over 70 percent of black kids are born to stupid black women that whore around with different men they never marry is no excuse.

With the growing Hispanic population they have now become a major factor in drug trafficking in East Tennessee and as their presence in schools increases we will get more arrests and more cries of racism.

See Crime by Race in Tennessee

Prescription drug use is a problem in Tennessee

Drug overdose deaths in Tennessee are increasing:

The number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010; The number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 represents an increase of 250% over the 10 year time period. Includes all drug overdose deaths where the manner of death was listed as one of the following: accidental, undetermined, suicide (intentional), or homicide.

Source: Office of Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health - Death Certificates.

The top three most prescribed controlled substances in Tennessee in 2010 are:

275.5 million pills of hydrocodone (e.g., Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin);

116.6 million pills prescribed for alprazolam (e.g., Xanax: used to treat anxiety);

113.5 million pills prescribed for oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Roxicodone) Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both prescription opioids used to treat pain.

The number of drugs prescribed during 2010 to Tennesseans represents:
51 pills of hydrocodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
22 pills of alprazolam for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
21 pills of oxycodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12.

Source: Report to the 2011 General Assembly by the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Database Advisory Committee, Board of Pharmacy.

Prescription drug abuse affects everyone:

Abuse of prescription opioids is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded treatment services;

Almost 250,000 Tennesseans older than 12 reported abusing prescription opioids in 2009.

Source: Treatment Episode Data Set - Admission (TEDS-A). 1999 - 2009. SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Prescription drug abuse hits every profession and every socioeconomic level:

For those seeking state-funded treatment, people who were stable (married, employed and had at least a high school education) were 3.16 times more likely than less stable consumers to use prescription opioids than illicit drugs.

Source: Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Tennessee Web Information Technology System (TN WITS) Database.

Prescription drug abuse especially affects women:

While more men were admitted to treatment in 2009 than women, a higher percentage of women abuse prescription opioids;

21% of 6,827 men reported prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

27% of 3,403 women listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

35% of 142 pregnant women admitted to state-funded treatment services in Tennessee listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse.

Source: SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.