Former rugby player John Tobin confesses role in Australia’s biggest drug haul

02-05-2018 Posted in drug abuse

Former rugby player John Tobin has pleaded guilty for being a part of one of the biggest illegal drug busts in the Australian history that happened during Christmas last year. The 58-year-old first-grade player was charged for his involvement in the alleged syndicate responsible for trafficking cocaine from Chile to Australia using a vessel temporarily moored at Sydney Fish Markets’ public wharf.

In his plea, Tobin accepted to have conspired to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug. The arrest was made during a highly organized top-secret sting that acted after a two-and-a-half-year investigation into the alleged drug trafficking syndicate. Tobin was among the 15 men who were arrested during the sting operation.

According to the reports, the police confiscated nearly 500 kg of cocaine from an inflatable boat at Brooklyn, north of Sydney. The police further alleged that experienced fishermen, marine workers and company owners who used a fishing trawler named Dalrymple to transport drugs to a “mother ship” traveling from South America ran the syndicate.

Understanding the menace of drug trafficking

Drug trafficking is defined as the illicit import and export of illegal and banned drugs from one border to another. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws.”

Sadly, it has emerged as a global epidemic that is damaging every country across the world. The increase in the number of raids and busts of such trafficking operations indicate the wide prevalence of addiction among people. It also highlights the growing problem cross-border trafficking of a huge amount of drugs.

According to the World Drug Report 2015 by UNODC, “despite billions of dollars spent trying to eradicate illicit crops, seize drug loads and arrest traffickers — more people than ever before are getting high.” One of the common reasons behind the unprecedented increase in drug trafficking is a huge growth in the cultivation and production of opium and foray of designer drugs. Moreover, many have underpinned globalization as the prime trigger for such an explosion of drug trafficking.

Hazards of drug addiction

Drug addiction is not a consequence of a faulty lifestyle or bad choices. An addiction may arise due to the myriad reasons like genetic predisposition, environmental stressors or mental disorders witnessed during different stages. The stages of addiction often start with a trial or experimentation, which leads to the development of regular use and dependence. On the persistence of drug-seeking behavior, one ends up suffering from addiction by eventually transforming dependence into tolerance.

The perils of addiction can be felt and experienced at every stage. In addition, damage caused by drug addiction is not hidden or unrecognizable. The far-reaching dangers of drug addiction not only affects an individual but also a nation. At the individual level, addiction can lead to physical and mental damages. Some of the commonly known harmful effects of addiction are irregular or rapid heart rate, blood-borne diseases like hepatitis or HIV due intravenous drug-seeking methods, high blood pressure, impotence or infertility, impaired cognitive skills, lung damage, psychosis, respiratory depression and coma, and seizures. Besides, addiction is also responsible for severe injuries, such as accidents, domestic violence, medical problems, behavioral problems, birth defects and even death.

Road to recovery

Medically, addiction is termed as a disease that can be treated with proper medical intervention. Treating addiction is possible at all stages. Although an addiction can be recognized by the symptoms and untamed dependence on the substance of abuse, it is only possible to accurately determine the problem through a medical diagnosis. The clinical assessment, essentially conducted by a licensed medical professional, helps in identifying the type, degree and duration of an addiction. This further helps in deciding the most suitable course of treatment.

Addiction can be treated with medications, therapies or a combination of both. Moreover, timely medical intervention can lead to a long-term recovery. If you or your beloved is battling an addiction and looking for help for drug abuse, you may get in touch with Drug Addiction Helpline for support. You can call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-403-5607 or chat online to know more about the inpatient and outpatient drug abuse treatment centers near you.