Always finding new ways to make money in the very lucrative drug trade, gangs have launched a new type of cocaine – the calli drug.
As if this isn’t worrying enough, a new segment of the population is being targeted by drug gangs to help sell these drugs. And they are not who you think.
Calli: Much Purer and Stronger
Recently launched in the market is cocaine’s much purer and much stronger version. Its design is to hook more wealthy users. A lifetime of dependency means more lucrative business for drug syndicates.
This upmarket version of cocaine called “calli” boasts of much-higher purity and sells at $AU186 per gram, which is about 50 dollars more per gram than the regular strength version of the drug.
A Lifestyle Choice?
The way this new version of cocaine is being marketed is interesting. Drug gangs are selling it as a lifestyle choice to the British elite. This is clearly an attempt to increase profits on the drug.
Other types of illicit drugs have a stigma attached to them, where users are branded as addicts. However, with cocaine, there has always been less of a stigma. With calli, the hope is to even turn it into a positive “lifestyle choice”. This is why calli is marketed as “ethically grown” or even “organic”.
According to Vince O’Brien, head of drug operations at the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK, gangs exploit children and use them to sell drugs across counties in the United Kingdom, relying on dedicated mobile phone lines to supply the drugs.
Targeting Children As Young As 12
Gangs are putting in danger the lives of young children by using them as mules in the supply chain. Vulnerable as they are, gangs prey on them by luring them with cash, mobile phones, and clothes. Disadvantaged children are often easy victims of these drug gangs.
Children as young as 12 are selling drugs to different locales. Young drug dealers use social media, particularly Snapchat to sell to users. These children are left feeling like they have no choice as they are caught in the middle of a web of gang manipulation.
Is Australia Next?
Only this month, Australian officials cracked a major drug-smuggling case, after finding 384 kilograms of cocaine in the hydraulic arm of a second-hand excavator.
It was the largest ever drug seizure by the ACT police, in a very sophisticated form of concealment. The amount of cocaine seized was valued at $144 million. The drug shipment was connected to a New South Wales crime syndicate.
With drug smuggling a constant threat to our national security and drugs concealment becoming more sophisticated by the day, it’s only a matter of time before this stronger version of cocaine reaches Australian shores.
Cocaine has long been the drug of choice of the educated and employed. How are you keeping your employees safe from this drug?