The soda wasn’t the only thing Michigan State Police allegedly discovered during a recent traffic stop.
According to a statement obtained by Newsweek, MSP soldiers stopped a vehicle with a father and son inside on March 18 near a rest area on Interstate 75 in Bagley Township. Officers reportedly found methamphetamine crystals “floating” in a large McDonald’s mug full of Coca-Cola.
Police say driver and father Victor Emmanuel McMillan, 54, of Rudyard, Michigan, and his son, Joshua McMillan, 30, of St. Ignace, Michigan, were in possession of a confirmed white crystalline substance over late as methamphetamine by testing.
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A tied plastic bag “soaked” with Coca-Cola was also reportedly found on the floor of a vehicle. Soldiers said they found the top of a plastic bag tied to the floor of the vehicle.
The father and son were arraigned on one count of delivery and possession of methamphetamine, respectively, and were arraigned in the 87th District Court in Otsego County.
Michigan Department of Corrections show Joshua Lee McMillan was paroled on September 23, 2021, for a one-year term. In May 2017, he was also charged with three counts, including operating and maintaining a lab involving methamphetamine. His sentencing on those charges was in December 2017.
Bail for each suspect was $10,000, cash or bail. The next court date is set for March 24.
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The Recovery Village reported that in January 2021, around 25,300 deaths were caused by psychostimulants like methamphetamine, an increase of around 8,500 deaths in the space of a year.
According to a January 2021 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, methamphetamine-related deaths have adversely affected specific populations. Although there was a dramatic increase in the total number of methamphetamine overdose deaths in the United States over an eight-year period between 2011 and 2018, research conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown that Overall death rates for American Indians and Alaska Natives quadrupled during this same period. period.
Among people age 12 and older, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that about 2.6 million of them used methamphetamine at some point in 2020.
“The data further suggests that people who use methamphetamine have become more diverse,” according to a National Institutes of Health report on methamphetamine trends published in October 2021. “Historically, methamphetamine use has been prevalent among middle-aged whites. But researchers found a tenfold increase in non-injecting (methamphetamine use disorder) among blacks. This was much greater than among other racial and ethnic groups. (Methamphetamine use disorder) methamphetamine use) without injection also quadrupled among those aged 18 to 23, much more than in other ethnic groups.
Methamphetamine, like other drugs, can bring big business while leading to major arrests.
On March 11 in California, Customs and Border Protection reportedly arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly hid $300,000 worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills in the floor of his car.
About a month earlier, in Texas, border authorities seized more than $18 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hidden in a commercial trailer. In January 2022 alone, Customs and Border Protection officers reportedly seized over 48,000 pounds of suspected narcotics in more than 6,000 seizures.
However, many methamphetamine-related arrests do not involve millions of dollars. Such was the case of a Florida suspect who was allegedly arrested following a 911 call because he believed his recent alleged purchase of methamphetamine was fake. The man reportedly told police he purchased the product, which he believed to be bath salts, at a local bar.
According to the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure system compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Michigan and New York each led the United States in methamphetamine-related seizures in 2018 with 220 in each state.