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Drug dealers duping taxi and rideshare drivers into delivering packages to clients

How taxi drivers are tricked into becoming drug couriers for dealers recruiting customers through encrypted apps

  • Drug dealers have duped car-sharing drivers to deliver packages to their customers
  • Dealers advertised drugs online and connected with customers through encrypted apps
  • They then ensure that the package is delivered to the door via a rideshare driver

Drug dealers trick taxi drivers into delivering packages of illegal substances to their customers.

Dealers advertise drugs in cleverly disguised classified ads before connecting with a potential customer through an encrypted app and asking them for their address.

They then offer to deliver the product to their home in person or have it delivered through a rideshare driver.

Drug dealers now cheat taxi and rideshare drivers to deliver packages of illegal substances to their customers (stock image)

Drug dealers now cheat taxi and rideshare drivers to deliver packages of illegal substances to their customers (stock image)

Dealers advertise drugs in cleverly disguised classified ads before connecting with a potential customer through an encrypted app and asking them for their address

Dealers advertise drugs in cleverly disguised classified ads before connecting with a potential customer through an encrypted app and asking them for their address

A driver revealed that they had been called every day for three weeks to collect packages from an address in Melbourne’s Stonnington, the Herald Sun reported.

They said they became suspicious when the person handed them a package as they spoke to a person on the phone who told them to “check the bags carefully.”

The driver later searched the package and found bags of white powder inside. They immediately turned them in to the Malvern Police Station.

Police officers arrested two 21-year-old men and seized cocaine, marijuana and magic mushrooms.

Another driver said the number of packages being unknowingly transported has risen dramatically during the Covid pandemic, when Australia was plunged into lockdown.

James Martin, a criminology professor at Deakin University, said marijuana use increased during the pandemic, while party drugs like MDMA declined.

He said it was “worrying” how easily buyers could connect with drug dealers online and get their orders delivered to their door.

“It’s not surprising that we see drug delivery taking place through different kinds of online technologies,” he said.

U-Nome Security boss Naomi Oakley accused social media of giving teenagers easy access to drugs

U-Nome Security boss Naomi Oakley accused social media of giving teenagers easy access to drugs

The drug dealer then offers to deliver the product to their home in person or have it delivered through a rideshare driver (stock image)

The drug dealer then offers to deliver the product to their home in person or have it delivered through a rideshare driver (stock image)

“There’s no regulation around who you’re selling to, which really indicates the need for a conversation about regulations and legislation on drugs, including cannabis.”

U-Nome Security boss Naomi Oakley accused social media of giving teenagers easy access to drugs.

The Australian Federal Police said it is “vigilant for emerging methodologies” used by organized crime syndicates.

“The AFP is working closely with its state and territory partners to combat these vulnerabilities,” it said.

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