Drug Dealing 101

I would imagine by now you all (at least you locals) have heard about this super potent heroin that is circulating the Burgh and causing lots of overdoses and about half a dozen deaths.

Today, the PG ran an article that was quite an interesting read. It dealt with how drug dealers are marketing geniuses in the way they stamp their bags of heroin with their “logo” so that when they have a good product, word of mouth spreads and they get more customers.

They interviewed a few detectives, including the always awesome Maurita Bryant (she is the Burgh’s Claudette … again, you gotta watch the Shield, people!) as well as this dude … this awesomely hilarious dude … this dude that made me laugh out loud on the bus and in turn get lots of stares:

“It’s a marketing ploy,” said Capt. David Young, director of the state police Drug Law Enforcement Division. “It identifies the product and establishes product loyalty.”

“The problem is there’s no copyright laws, so as soon as you put a good product on the street, people will copy your stamp,” he said. “A good dealer will let his customers know and say, ‘Hey, next week we’re coming out with a different stamp on our bag. We only sell from this corner or this house, so only buy from me.’ “

Heh. I can’t even put into words why I find this study into the business methods of drug dealers … GOOD drug dealers, so hilarious. But hearing a cop talk about what makes a drug dealer a good dealer, and lamenting the fact that there are no copyright laws for drug stamps was enough to perk me up this morning.


  1. Awesome Comet
    June 8, 2006 1:50 pm

    The “brand” of heroin that caused the problem was called “Get High or Die Trying.” I once heard of another heroin stamp that featured a skull & crossbones. Kind of makes it hard to imagine an effective public health campaign, no?

  2. PtBreeze
    June 8, 2006 4:49 pm

    This story must be a fabrication. Bob O’Conner said there wouldn/t be any drug selling in Pittsburgh when he’s the mayor.

  3. pittgirl
    June 8, 2006 8:52 pm