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A Vidor police officer investigating the fraudulent use of a credit card had to go to a local hospital emergency room for treatment after encountering an unidentified substance that caused him to become ill.

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A 56-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown June 22.

Eugenio Cerda pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to money launder on June 21 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

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Cliffard Cole and Amber Haydon

The opioid epidemic sweeping the nation has claimed thousands of lives across the country, and peddlers of poisonous prescription pills and deadly drugs such as fentanyl continue to invade once safe communities, reaching tainted tentacles into suburban neighborhoods and small-town schools, spreading dependency and disease.

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A toxic national trend of pharmaceutical drug abuse is leaving a wide swath of death in its wake, and Southeast Texas is no exception, according to authorities.

“Oh, it’s here,” Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office investigator Marcelo Molfino told The Examiner. “Interstate 10 is a pipeline for drugs.”

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