Interesting article from the Guardian on the difficulties of being a drug (especially cannabis) operator these days.

Less opportunities, bigger shipments and street dealers even dressing up as health workers to get to clients.

It’s not just the kosher economy that’s suffering, it seems.

 

The Guardian reports

Organised crime groups are taking increasingly audacious risks as they attempt to smuggle large quantities of drugs into lockdown Britain, senior police figures say.

Analysing the latest operations of transnational criminal networks, the National Crime Agency’s head of drug threat said that police were making more significant seizures during the pandemic than normal.

Lawrence Gibbons said that with restrictions on movement, the absence of flights and with only essential travel advised on many routes such as Eurotunnel, international drug dealers were being forced to make high-stakes decisions.

“Lockdown restrictions mean they are having difficulty moving drugs,” he said. “Because there is less opportunity they are taking more risks by moving drugs in bulk.

“If you’re a drug dealer [in Belgium or the Netherlands] and you’re trying to get your 100kg of cocaine into Britain, you would often split that into four lots of 25kg. If one gets stopped, three get through. But because of the lack of opportunity they’re either sending two lots of 50 or 100 in one go, which they wouldn’t normally do. We’ve had some massive seizures.”

At street level, drugs are also being moved around in larger quantities. NCA intelligence reveals dealers are less likely to offer sales of, for instance, single rocks of crack cocaine and instead are offering bulk deals to limit interaction with users.

Disguise, said Gibbons, had also become an established tactic for street dealers. “Many disguise themselves as key workers – some as couriers with yellow high-vis slips to look as though they are making official deliveries [medical supplies].

“Others have changed their timings so they only work certain times of the day or night, rather than a 24/7 service.” he added.

More at

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/09/gangs-take-bigger-risks-to-smuggle-drugs-into-lockdown-britain