A former resident of Vancouver has been sentenced to five years of imprisonment this Friday for smuggling party drugs into the United States.
The 23 year-old man named Nen Angel Cruces was held in a Seattle courtroom for his involvement in a local drug trafficking ring which led to the distribution of BZP into Seattle and on to Chicago and Detroit.
U. S. District Court Judge Richard Jones explained to Cruces that BZP is an extremely dangerous drug, while sentencing him.
“If you walk around the city of Seattle, you will see the many young people and kids who are suffering from addiction to drugs as a result of their use of ecstasy and BZP”, he added.
He further said that Cruces is held responsible for bringing in thousands of drugs in US. He will not be spared for the risk.
BZP is basically a hallucinogen similar to amphetamine. It is banned in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries. However, it can be sold legally in Canada.
The federal agency has been pondering upon the inclusion of BZP in the category of Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Its legality in Canada has been a loophole in the full on control on the inflow.
by Jason Ramsey
April 10, 2010