Deal­ers rip each other off with pro­tein pow­der and painkillers

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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].”

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