That roadside fast food van you drive by every day might be selling more than just tacos. Officials uncover a number of bizarre places that dealers hide and sell meth, and chances are, they’re just getting started. Here are a few strange places that dealers sell meth.
In Their Vehicles
Authorities in Denver, Colorado arrested a meth ring responsible for importing 55 pounds of meth from Mexico. The hiding place? Beneath the floorboards of a red Mini Cooper. This isn’t the first time dealers have used their cars to stash meth. A single hit can be hidden inside a tape or CD player, in the gear shifter or in the fuse box. Other places include under ashtrays, under the horn cover, under seat covers and inside speakers.
In Their Homes
Dealers—and users, for that matter—can get very creative in hiding their stash of meth. For some, it is a thrill just to hide the drug and get away with it. To put it somewhere in their own home, where family members or visitors could possibly find it, can make things very interesting.
With a tightly-sealed ziplock, dealers can stash meth in toilet tanks or fish tanks (hidden under rocks or in fish toys). They might tuck it inside the rafters under insulation in the basement. On top of the mini blinds, inside plastic toilet paper roll holders, behind pictures, in book spines, under candlesticks in the holders, or stuffed inside socks in the drawer are all popular places.
At Their Places of Work
The Colorado meth ring, which involved seventeen people, also sold meth at a local fast food truck in Denver. According to a number of sources, Maria Arellano, age 39, was selling sides of meth with her tacos. Approximately $1 million worth of meth was brought in to California and then to Colorado, where much of it was dispensed out of the taco truck. Authorities say that the owner of the business was not aware of the drug operations taking place in his truck.
Meth use and sales could take place in any professional setting, whether your place of work is at a fast food restaurant or an insurance office. Common hiding places are on the inside of an ink pen, in a cigarette pack, or in a breath mint tin. Some roll it up inside tape to look like trash. Most prefer to keep it on their person, tucked away in a pants pocket or an inconspicuous jacket pocket, or inside their shoes.
Even if the office does regular drug testing, meth users have clever ways of coming out clean. Some time it right so that they use at least three to five days before the test (this is roughly how long it takes for meth to leave the system). Others find that by taking Adderall legally (it is shockingly simple to get a doctor’s prescription nowadays), those who administer the test don’t notice anything abnormal, since Adderall consists of amphetamine salts and tests just the same as meth. Another method is to take baking soda, which will cause severe diarrhea but will alkalize the meth so that a drug test shows up negative.
In short, meth trafficking and meth use could be anywhere. Its intensely addictive properties make it the drug of choice for many dealers, because their customers will go to any lengths to come back for more. If you suspect meth trafficking in any area, do not hesitate to contact the authorities.