In the area that I live, I have seen some really terrible things happen to people who have become involved with drugs. I am about six hours from Denver, Colorado where smoking marijuana is legal. Our youth from the area will travel to ancillary’s to fill their order for their smoke of choice. I am told all the time by people who this is not an addictive drug. It is all natural and has a tone of good uses. I am not disputing any of this. What I dispute is that people in surrounding states are willing to break the law to smoke and sell this to one another.
Marijuana is a huge business and growing. I am sure in time it will be legalized in all states. However the facts are that those who use are looking for a high. So they will try other drugs to get a different high. Meet Methadone a drug that is created in kitchens and even cars leaving deadly residue on all surfaces when it is cooked and the user smokes it. Heroine is on the rise in our area as well. We have seen crime rates in our area increase due to the street drugs.
Two years a young Mexican man-made the news. He was found by a farmer stuffed into a barrel. The man was stuffed in the barrel by his former friends. They were mad at him for a drug deal that they felt did not go their way. The man who shot him and then drove around. When he would not die the girlfriend switched places with the boyfriend and put her hand over his nose helping the poor victim suffocate to death. The young couples were questioned about the friend and people who knew the couple went to the police. The sister’s brother who also had a drug issue and was his sisters alley always was shot to death in Fort Collins Colorado New Years eve 2016. The trial for the young man was to start on January 2nd, 2017. No one could coo berate what happened the night this young man died. The case was closed in Fort Collins as an apparent accidental death. The girlfriend had been held in jail due to death threats until the case was to go to trial.
I watched this family suffer the loss of their 27-year-old son. I saw a sister so all about herself consumed by her addiction not care that her brother lost his life as retribution against her testifying against the boyfriend. She had a child with the boyfriend. Neither parent can grasp what a child of eight years old could go thru in a small rural Nebraska community and what she will endure for rest of her life. A father who was given life. A mother who made a deal with the County Attorney’s to get out of going to jail! Two lives lost. Neither families will see either life be success. To overcome addiction.
A Morrill County District Court judge has sentenced a Bridgeport man to life imprisonment in the shooting death of a Colorado man. In January, a Morrill County District Court jury convicted Zachary Mueller in the November 2015 death of Pedro Dominguez, 33, of Greeley, Colorado. Judge Leo Dobrovolny sentenced Mueller Monday, March 13 on charges of first-degree murder, a Class IA felony; use of a weapon to commit a felony, a Class IC felony; and possession of weapon by a felon, a Class ID felony
The sentence of life imprisonment on the murder charge was mandatory. Dobrovolny sentenced Mueller to 20 to 40 years imprisonment, to be served consecutively, on both weapons charges. Mueller’s attorney, Sarah Newell, asked the court to consider Mueller’s drug history in deciding sentencing. She said a pre-sentence investigation showed the man had first used alcohol at the age of 9 years old and methamphetamine at the age of 11. He realizes the real consequences of his drug addiction and struggles with it every day, she said.
“He will wrestle with it every day when he doesn’t get to see his daughter,” she said.
“For out of the heart comes evil thoughts-murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Mathew 15:19-29 NIV
Here is praying for a changed heart of all who were involved in the loss of two men’s lives.