A number of cocaine dealers in Australia have spoken out to provide explanations for their criminal activities, making bold claims about the alleged involvement of high-profile individuals.
In an upcoming episode of the ABC’s Four Corners, a number of masked men come forward with their stories attempting to justify their business and challenge public misconceptions about the drug trade.
They present themselves as legitimate businessmen who cater to a demand from all walks of life, including prominent public figures.
The footage depicts men doing everything they can to shield their identity, wearing ski masks, balaclavas, and even a Mexican wrestling mask.
According to a man wearing a khaki jacket, mirrored sunglasses, and rubber gloves, drug use is prevalent among a wide range of individuals. He shares an anecdote about a judge who allegedly took cocaine “with a glass of single malt”.
He emphasised that he does not see himself as an outlaw taunting law enforcement, preferring instead to conduct his business through personal interactions, such as over a cup of coffee.
Another individual described the appeal of being a drug dealer as a means to rise above poverty.
He suggested that for individuals who come from humble beginnings, becoming a successful drug dealer represents a testament to their ability to transform their circumstances.
“It’s an ego thing: when you come from nothing it’s about making something (of yourself,” he said.
A number of cocaine dealers in Australia have spoken out to provide explanations for their criminal activities, making bold claims about the involvement of high-profile individuals.
The program promises to delve into the various aspects of the illegal drug trade, showcasing the experiences of those involved in transporting illicit substances into and within Australia.
This includes traffickers, importers, street dealers, and even high-ranking cartel members who have chosen to break their code of silence.
Breaking this code involves acknowledging the existence of the cocaine trade, which is highly organised to the point of price-fixing.
A poll accompanying the article asks readers whether it is acceptable for the ABC to give cocaine dealers a platform. At the time of reporting, the majority of respondents voted in favour of the decision.
The men attempt to present themselves as legitimate businessmen who cater to a demand from all walks of life, including prominent public figures.Australia has one of the highest per capita rates of cocaine use globally, despite the comparatively higher prices individuals pay Picture: NSW Police
Australia has one of the highest per capita rates of cocaine use globally, despite the comparatively higher prices individuals pay, sometimes exceeding $400 per gram. Among Australian cities, Sydney has the highest cocaine consumption rates.
Although recent wastewater analysis indicates a decline in cocaine use from the previous year until August 2022, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) suggests that this reduction is primarily attributed to law enforcement seizures and detections, rather than a decrease in demand.
In March 2023, the ACIC stated that communities bear the cost of drug use through various negative impacts, including violence, road accidents, property crimes, illness, injuries, and deaths associated with drug abuse.
The ACIC further highlights the harm caused by organised crime, largely attributable to illicit drugs.
The ABC’s Four Corners report will air on Monday night 8.30pm (AEST).