Edinburgh vendors advertise ‘crystal meth and cocaine’ in Craigslist adverts


Crystal meth, cocaine and cannabis are openly advertised online by cheeky Edinburgh sellers via the popular classified site Craigslist under the guise of power tools and tableware.

According to a series of announcements posted on the capital section of the website, the pushers have demanded payment in untraceable cryptocurrency for what appear to be Class A substances purchased using the encrypted messaging app Wickr.

Edinburgh Live tracked a number of ads over a six-month period, with some remaining posted for weeks before being removed by moderators.

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A drugs charity said the practice was now “routine”, with some dealers offering deliveries “fast, convenient and straight to your door”.

An advert, claiming to be for a bowl, features an image promoting “Carts, Md, Coke, Ice, Pills and Weed”, along with a PIN to contact a vendor on Amazon-owned instant messaging.

It also lists “crypto” as a preferred payment method and has remained active on the website for over three weeks.

Police Scotland said they were aware of the “tactics” and had deployed a range of resources to investigate.

Justina Murray, CEO of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD), said: “Shopping online through a range of apps and platforms is now routine, and has been for some time.

“Families tell us how difficult it is to know what medicines are ordered or delivered to their family home when everything is so discreet. Packages arrive labeled as other products (eg vitamin supplements) and may be delivered by registered couriers, not necessarily resellers.

Dealers have posted dozens of drug adverts in Edinburgh over the past six months.

She added: “This poses huge challenges for families trying to create boundaries within their own family homes and reduce the drug harm they experience.

“It also adds another layer of difficulty for anyone trying to reduce their drug use, because everything is so accessible from your home.”

Many of the advertisements seen by Edinburgh Live describes descriptions of “bolts, tools, and work lights” in an apparent effort to circumvent Craigslist’s moderation process.

Another lists fake IDs, driver’s licenses and vehicle registration documents – along with a contact number for a seller on the Kik messaging app.

Craigslist, which made more than £500m from private listings in 2021, did not respond when reached for comment.

Superintendent Hilary Sloan, of Police Scotland’s Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing team, said: ‘Police Scotland are very aware of the tactics, mechanisms and platforms used by drug traffickers and we have a wide range of resources to investigate this type of crime.

“We remain committed to making Scotland a hostile environment for those involved in this trade.”

She added: ‘Anyone aware of drug trafficking is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101, or 999 in an emergency, or Crimestoppers.’


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