The “marijuana trafficking “black job” scout revealed the graphic modus operandi of the “marijuana trafficking” scout who “turned the product into a private accommodation ……
‘I’m just a dealer. Of course I’m in bed with the active (yakuza), but I’m half a man who can’t get through the line, so I’m ……. That’s why I’m talking on the phone like this: …….”
The voice on the phone sometimes trailed off. I’m a little high on marijuana right now,” said the man who answered my call without a hint of apology, revealing himself to be a member of a drug trafficking group. During the call, the man lets out a dry laugh at an unnatural timing.
Starting with the special fraud group by the so-called “Rufie Group,” the reality of “black market” jobs involved in criminal organizations is reported daily. These include “kakeko” (callers) who call targets and cleverly extract personal information from them, “receivers” who cheat them out of cash or cash cards, and “tataki” (robbers) who break into robberies.
The black market also extends to receiving and transporting narcotics and mediating purchasers. Mr. X (in his 30s), mentioned at the beginning of this article, is a member of a drug trafficking group that recruits undercover workers while also making a living as a drug dealer by handling the drugs himself.
As previously reported, robberies and other black-market jobs were advertised on social networking services, and the same is true of drug-related activities. For example, if you search for “hand-pressed vegetables” on Twitter, you will find a large number of related tweets. The term “hand-pushing” means “dealing directly with dealers,” and “vegetable” is a cloak word for “marijuana. In other words, “hand-pressed vegetables” means “selling marijuana by handing it over. Incidentally, since marijuana looks like broccoli, the broccoli emoji is sometimes used.
Along with these tweets about buying and selling, there are also many tweets asking for sellers and transporters. The rewards seem to be in the high three-digit range, such as “100 a month” or “300 a month for a one-off job.
In many cases, users are instructed to use a chat application called “Telegram” instead of Twitter DMs to communicate with the parties involved. It is common practice to use Telegram to recruit staff through social networking services and then use the application to communicate with them on an individual basis. The author is a drug-related black market recruiter.
The author sent messages to several drug-related black market recruiters. The one who agreed to be interviewed was Mr. X (30s, pseudonym), who was known to be taking drugs even over the phone. At the time of the interview, it was late Saturday night, and he seemed pleased to hear that “it was a successful day.
Mr. X started dealing drugs right after he graduated from junior high school. He said, with an occasional slack-jawed laugh, “I’ve been a drug dealer since I was a senior in junior high school.
One of my seniors in junior high school was connected with the yakuza, and I started dealing marijuana when I was in high school. I don’t have any deep reason for it, but I had no choice but to obey the scary senior. Then I was arrested. I had no other job prospects when I got out of juvenile reformatory, so I’ve continued to be a dealer until now.
During the conversation, a high-pitched ” ha-ha-ha” of laughter is heard at various points.
After more than ten years in the business, he has built up a network of suppliers. Mr. X sources drugs from the Yakuza, acquaintances, and the “dark web” (the normally inaccessible, highly secretive web). He says that when he finishes purchasing drugs, he needs a part-time job in the dark.
I want to reduce the risk of getting busted, so when I have a large quantity to purchase, I need a “catch and carry” person,” he said. Catching” refers to the job of receiving the drugs (cocaine) purchased from overseas. The “courier” is the person who carries the goods to the office.
We make arrangements in advance so that the goods purchased from overseas arrive at a place where they cannot be traced. We often use private accommodation booking sites such as AirBnB. I have my part-timers wait at the reserved accommodation on the day the goods are to be delivered and receive the charingo. After that, they are asked to bring the goods from the lodge to their base to check whether the contents are genuine or not. The fee we pay the part-timers is 500,000 yen per job.
From the part-timer’s point of view, all they have to do is go to the designated private accommodation, receive the timed flight, and go to the designated place again. For a job that is little more than a chore on a day off, the part-timers can expect to earn as much as 500,000 yen. Upstream, the company is probably making even more money.
Depending on the supplier, for every gram of marijuana sold, the net profit is roughly less than 3,000 yen, and since they can process about 100 grams in two or three days, the net profit is less than 300,000 yen. It’s a good business, isn’t it? Usually, our customers are businessmen in their 40s and 50s. The number of customers increases around Saturdays and Sundays.
Mr. X did not give specific figures, but it seems that he has his part-time workers carry kilograms of goods.
Mr. X has many regular customers. The larger the scale of the business, the greater the risk of arrest. The same is true for the black market workers.
Whenever I hire a part-time worker, I always keep an eye on them. Some of our suppliers are yakuza, so you never know what they will do to you if you mess up. The part-timer might run away with the goods, or the part-timer might be attacked while carrying the goods and have them stolen. So the dealers have to be very careful. There are times when I’d rather make money at a regular job, but ……”
Mr. X, who scouts for black market traffickers, may be just another black market trafficker from the perspective of the organization’s upper management. Just as “Ralphie” is rumored to have more backers, he must continue to work in the underworld as a cog in a huge criminal organization.
He said, “Well, when I go to jail, please come to see me. I’ll tell you the story of how I got busted. Hee hee hee.
With these words, Mr. X hung up the phone. As mentioned above, his involvement in drug trafficking is not a recent phenomenon. However, some people have recently been swept into a spiral of drug pleasure and greed for money, and have no choice but to accept the advances of people like Mr. X.
In the second part of this report, “A Man in His 40s, Who Was Buying Shabu on Welfare,” we will report in detail on the hellish situation of a man in his 40s who has become addicted to drugs and is unable to escape from the black market.
Interview and text by： Hideo Hayashi