Dealers rip each other off with protein powder and painkillers
Drug dealers are ripping off fellow suppliers and addicts by passing off whey powder as cocaine and heroin and paracetamol as tramadol.
Police have detailed a series of cases in which criminals scammed each other.
But they also warned potential users that ground-down bones and poison are also mixed with drugs to bulk them out.
Colonel Khalid Al Sumaiti, Chemical Expert and Head of Technical Affairs at the Forensic Evidence Department at Dubai Police, said the force’s officers recently snared a dealer with what he thought was 2kg of heroin.
Al Sumaiti said: “The powder actually turned out to be whey protein, flavoured sugar and caffeine. He was quite shocked when he realised that the dealer conned him with fake drugs. He was acquitted, but he was also pretty surprised.”
The officer said such cases are few and far between, but that there is a serious message alongside the humour of the dealer’s ineptitude.
He said: “Some drug dealers look to raise the weight of the drugs by adding other materials. Our labs only seek to identify the drug in a batch By Ali Al Shouk brought in, but it might contain poison, the powder from smashed bones and other anonymous products. “Drug dealers know very well that their customers can’t complain to the authorities, given buying drugs is illegal.” Captain Expert Sulaiman Abdullah Al Naqbi, from the Forensic Evidence Department at Abu Dhabi Police, said one trend police are seeing is dealers disguising Panadol as captagon, with the scam becoming more prevalent. Al Naqbi said: “Many drug addicts are shocked when they discover that it’s Panadol. They were conned and drug dealers know that those addicts can’t exactly go to the Consumers Protection Department or the police to complain.” He also said it is common for dealers to add other products to make their supply more addictive. He said: “They even add sexual tonics to the drugs to satisfy the addicts and to make sure they’ll come back looking for their specific mix of drugs [rather than another dealers].”