The coronavirus lockdown is reshaping the way drug dealers are doing their business.
As VICE reports, crack and heroin business remains highly functional, but slightly altered, across the UK.
According to a magazine source, several police forces reported that dealers are dressing up in supermarket and parcel delivery worker uniforms in order to camouflage themselves as they make drop-offs on street corners and in people’s homes.
Other drug market observers said that dealers are going undercover as runners and fitness fanatics in order to shift bags of crack and heroin around their community. One drug world expert in Liverpool added that some dealers prepare for being stopped by carrying a box of groceries “for their gran”. Others dress up as fast food delivery motorcyclists and even nurses in order to avoid being questioned.
Social distancing is being adhered to by some street dealers. People on bikes sticking baggies through people’s letterboxes is on the up, for instance, while some sources said dealers in their area had started using a system of dead drops, leaving drugs in bushes, garages and under bins, where money is picked up and drugs are left, as a way to reduce direct contact. Some sellers have dispensed with cash and are now using contactless payments to avoid infection.
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