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If they make it to their destination, they will be paid as much as $20... or they
will just be killed – $20 is $20.
Most cocaine travels through Mexico, then on to cargo ships bound for
Europe, Asia and Australia. The largest quantities are transported to the
United States across the Mexican border, or under it. Impoverished locals are
employed to dig tunnels under border fences. Once the job is complete, they
are killed. In the past few years, more than 28,000 people have been murdered
by the Mexican drug cartels.
Once the bulk cocaine arrives in Australia, it is distributed to dealers in all
states. These dealers prefer to be known as legitimate businessmen. You can
read about them in the social pag es. They associate with well-known sporting
figures and indulg e in gunfights outside nightclubs. They are dragged before
the courts, yet escape conviction. They claim police have a vendetta against
them. Most importantly, they demand to be known as legitimate businessmen.
The bulk cocaine is broken down into smaller quantities and ‘cut’ with
glucose and other unknown bulking agents of various toxicity that can destroy
nasal membranes and are often carcinogenic in nature. The weakened and
highly poisonous mix is sold by the ounce and arrives at your doorstep in little
gram bags that cost $500. It’s party time! You can now enjoy your weekend,
free from responsibility. So what if people had to die for you to have a g ood
time. Who cares that there is a drop of innocent blood in every gram of
cocaine. You work hard; you deser ve it.
Alan Morton doesn’t agree and is alarmed by the rise of cocaine use
in Western Australia. “Cocaine has developed a cachet as the ‘cool’ drug.
And, more disturbingly, is reg arded as relatively harmless. It may not have the
immediate devastating effects of ice (methamphetamine), but after a few years
of use it could be a different story. The more you use, the more you need to
use”. And that can become a very expensive proposition.
In South America, a gram of pure cocaine costs less than $20. In the
United States the price jumps to $80, and it is no longer pure. By the time it
hits the east coast of Australia that figure increases to $250 and the purity has
been further diluted. On the streets of Perth, you can expect to pay between
$400 and $600 per gram, an increase of 3000 per cent from the original point
of production. Analysis has shown that street cocaine in Western Australia
averag es 34 per cent purity, yet one sample recently contained just 0.6 per
cent pure cocaine. Still, many people think it is worth it and go right ahead,
although it may be better for them to simply burn their money...
ICE AND ECSTASY
Everyone now knows that ice (methamphetamine) is a staggeringly potent
drug. It is extremely addictive and will eat your brain. Ecstasy, on the other
hand, is often reg arded as a benign party
drug, yet contains many of the same
chemical components as ice, only in
smaller percentag es.
Professor Daniel Fatovich warns
ag ainst complacency. “Ecstasy is
now the second most popular illicit
drug in Australia, behind cannabis.
We are seeing more and more people
admitted to hospitals suffering from psychosis as a result of ecstasy use.”
Professor Fatovich says that MRI scans have shown alarming signs of brain
abnormalities in those exposed to ice and ecstasy. It’s just the dose make-up
and percentage that differs between the two drugs.
Methamphetamine is a drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine
classes. The combination gives ice its potent and addictive quality. It contains
no hallucinog en, which allows the drug to be taken daily. Ironically, this
becomes one of its most dangerous features, as the dose percentage of the
two chemicals is usually extremely high.
“Life is not f**king cool when
you are rotting in a jail cell
withdrawing from drugs...”
The Mexican army
burning fields of marijuana
in the state of Sinaloa.
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