People who go to the Acapulco Barbershops because of heroin dependence in San Antonio will have to settle for no more than a shave and a haircut these days. According to a news story by Elizabeth Zavala for San Antonio Express News in late September 2015, a federal grand jury brought charges against seven defendants for possession of heroin plus money laundering. Both treatment professionals and clients at rehab centers that treat heroin dependence in San Antonio learned of the arrests in which the seven defendants utilized both their homes plus the barbershops to distribute heroin and then recirculate or launder the money obtained from the illegal drug sales.
The operation was conducted as a joint effort by the federal government’s DEA as well as the Criminal Investigations unit of the IRS, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and police officials from San Antonio, Terrell Hills, and Seguin, and also from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Those arrested range in age from 25 to 51. The heroin distribution ring operated successfully since 1998 for a total of 17 years. Such statistics just go to prove, for anyone struggling with heroin dependence in San Antonio, that this was an intergenerational ring of drug dealers who held no qualms about peddling their poison from the sanctity of their homes and businesses. As a result, the grand jury indictment calls not just for the trials of these criminals but also for forfeiture of the properties they used for heroin distribution purposes.
It’s no wonder that the IRS became involved considering the amount of money involved. The kilogram of heroin that was sold from the locations probably yielded almost a million dollars, depending how it was cut. Authorities seized over 15 pounds of heroin, which could bring in almost a half million. They also took 16 firearms and 11 vehicles used in the crimes.
The code name for the investigation, in a tip of the styling combs of those arrested, was Operation Razor Cut. Haircuts, however, were not something that the Acapulco Barbershops did very well, according to their Facebook page. One customer complained, “Left my hair like a kindergarten cut it [sic],” going on to say that the operators had horrible manners and didn’t even do what he’d requested. Another patron declared that he would cut his own hair. Most likely the only welcome customers were those with heroin dependence in San Antonio and not anyone who truly needed barbering.
The Cost of Heroin Dependence in San Antonio
If the defendants are convicted, they face possible sentences of 10 years to life for the drug trafficking and up to 30 years in federal prison for the money-laundering. (Those of you who don’t believe that money-laundering can cost more jail time than selling drugs to victims of heroin dependence in San Antonio, just remember that tax evasion was the eventual downfall of gangster Al Capone.) Life sentences are unlikely since the Supreme Court eliminates them if a specific victim is not identified whose death resulted from their drug use.
But what about the damage these drug dealers have done to their customers, the heroin addicts in San Antonio and the surrounding areas? Who knows how many of their customers have died? Most people addicted to heroin cannot achieve recovery without treatment at a methadone or Suboxone treatment center. The cost of methadone treatment runs about $4,700 per year; Suboxone treatment costs slightly more. It’s a small price to pay, however, for treatment that relieves a person of horrible withdrawal symptoms or the terrible cravings that occur.
But that’s not the end of the costs. There are legal fees if you’ve been arrested for heroin dependence in San Antonio. You can pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 to defend yourself against a felony drug charge. If prosecutors can prove intent to distribute heroin from your car or home, expect them to seek forfeiture of your property, so add that to the price of addiction.
People who develop heroin dependence in San Antonio also face major health risks. What if you’ve developed HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, or tuberculosis? Many people make poor choices in their sexual practices when they’re getting high, or they trade sex for drugs, so they often acquire a sexually transmitted disease.
If you’ve got a child, you will face the risk of losing that child to foster care. The costs of an attorney to fight and re-win custody of your child, even if you are receiving treatment for heroin dependence in San Antonio, are incalculable. Aside from the costs, think of the damage you can do to your child by exposing him or her to the lifestyle that comes from heroin dependence. In San Antonio, there are methadone treatment centers that will direct you to legal counsel so that you can work on regaining custody, but the harm may already be done.
Maybe you’re leading a cleaner lifestyle, with your dependence on heroin in San Antonio pretty well hidden, and you even hold down a job. But how’s your productivity? Companies report serious financial losses from employee sick time and decreased job productivity relative to addiction and dependence on heroin in San Antonio. According to the Council on Recovery, every American—adult and child—pays a cool thousand a year to cover the costs of unnecessary healthcare and lost productivity because of substance abuse, as well as the costs for law enforcement of substance abuse regulations, auto accidents, and the crimes themselves. The costs in Texas alone for one year exceeded ten billion dollars.
What about the auto accidents caused by someone who’s high on heroin or pain pills? The council estimates that 63 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for some kind of drug—and half of them were using narcotics, weed, or both.
Recovery: A Less Costly Choice
Maybe you’re one of the many people struggling to overcome heroin dependence in San Antonio. You wake up every day promising yourself that this will be the day when you don’t use, but then you find you cannot resist the cravings or fight off the withdrawal symptoms and you go out and score. Day after day, you let down your family and endanger your health. By dealing with the people who sell drugs like the seven who were arrested in Operation Razor Cut, you risk the safety of yourself as well as your loved ones.
Make the decision, then, to call a local methadone treatment center to overcome your heroin dependence. In San Antonio you can find a place that’s licensed and certified, where you will be treated confidentially and with respect. Put your trust in the hands of knowledgeable treatment professionals who can show you how to get your life back on track again. Otherwise, the cost may be too great.