According to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), police made 20,000 drug arrests from 2009 to 2010, which was nearly 20 percent of total arrests for those two years.
It is important to analyze the three common drug arrests in D.C. to determine what these arrests can tell us about the way law enforcement is trying to solve the drug problem.
Possession Or Distribution of Marijuana is One of the More Common Drug Arrests
The sale and use of marijuana has risen over the past decade, driven in part by the fact that many states have either decriminalized marijuana use, or legalized marijuana use for recreational or medicinal purposes.
As a result, marijuana is a drug that is readily sold and smoked, which explains why it is such a common type of drug arrest in Washington D.C.
The bigger question may be whether drug enforcement should focus on marijuana to the detriment of other drugs that are considered more lethal, because marijuana arrests in the U.S. are exceeding the number of arrests for violent crimes over the past few years.
Possession Or Distribution of Heroin
The opioid crisis has also created a surge in heroin sales and consumption, because heroin has many of the same effects as these pain killers.
Washington D.C. has experienced a rapid increase in heroin drug arrests, which come into the District via Interstate 95. In fact, because heroin dealers know there is a larger law enforcement presence targeting the sale of heroin, they have boosted their supply, knowing that a portion of the drugs will be seized in raids.
Making this problem worse is that heroin overdoses in neighboring states such as Maryland have tripled from 2011 to 2015.
That is affecting Washington D.C. as well, because of the District’s close proximity to Maryland, which makes it easy for Maryland residents to travel to D.C. to buy their heroin.
Possession Or Distribution of Cocaine
For several years, cocaine use in the U.S. had decreased significantly as meth became the more popular drug of choice.
But in recent years, cocaine use has surged, and as a result, cocaine drug arrests in Washington D.C. have also increased.
In fact, the trend in Washington D.C. has been troubling, as more adults in the District test positive for cocaine than any other drug. This speaks to the large demand for the drug that is confirmed by national drug arrest numbers.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported that cocaine overdose deaths in the U.S. have been climbing steadily since 2013, and nearly a million Americans are estimated to be addicted to cocaine.
Protecting Your Rights
Drug arrests have many facets, and even though you are in custody, you still have rights. If you have been arrested for possession or distribution of these drugs, it is important that you hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.
Please call the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC at 202-331-0793 for a free legal consultation about your case. We can provide you with aggressive representation, ensure that your drug arrest was lawful, and craft a legal defense.