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N4T Investigators: Cocaine more available and cheaper than ever

Hardcore narcotics are still pouring into Arizona from south of the border.

Heroin, meth, and fentanyl are causing major problems in this state and across the country

However, there is another drug that many may have forgotten about. We’re talking about cocaine. It’s still out there, and it’s still destroying lives.

Sam Nagy spent eight years of his young life, battling an addiction to crack cocaine.

“That part of my life was complete chaos,” Nagy told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

“I was arrested about 15 times. I went to jail. Was smoking crack cocaine. I was really heavy into the cocaine lifestyle. People didn’t want to be around me. People didn’t want to have anything to do with me,” Nagy said.

As of today, Nagy has been clean nearly for 12 years. Now he helps others who are battling addiction.

“I used drugs, because I liked the way they made me feel. I kept using drugs, because it was a way of life,” Nagy told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

Tucson Police Captain, John Leavitt, who heads-up the Counter Narcotics Alliance told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, while there has been a big focus lately on opioids and meth, cocaine is as destructive as ever.

“There’s been an enormous increase in production in South America, that’s resulted in very low prices when they arrive here in the United States,” Captain Leavitt said.

Now authorities are worried that lower prices could lead potential addicts to try cocaine for the first time.

“Just to put things in context with a price – it’s about $60 a gram on the street for people. It was $100 a gram 40 years ago, and I didn’t adjust anything for inflation. There’s been an enormous drop in the price of cocaine,” Captain Leavitt told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

Authorities also told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, much of that cocaine makes its way into Arizona through our state’s southern border.

“It definitely comes through the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol in large quantities,” Captain Leavitt said.

Nagy credits his faith for helping him kick his addiction to crack cocaine, and for staying clean all these years.

“People have to want it. I had to want it. I have to continue to want it.” Nagy said.

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Paul Birmingham

Paul Birmingham

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