Just the title of this article would cause you to assume that the writer spends his days in New York City delivering weed. On the contrary, this article isn’t about me the writer; it’s about two men, Abe and Brian who own Secret Fleet, an illegal underground black-market business.
Both men are in their thirties and nothing about their appearance would bring about suspicion. They don’t wear fancy clothes. They don’t sport fancy jewelry. In fact, nothing about their appearance is attractive. They don’t drive fancy cars to make deliveries. In a real sense, they use bikes to do their distribution.
Abe and Brian’s company hasn’t been around for a year and yet, their business has an increasing clientele. In one night, their couriers made 55 deliveries.
With any illegally-runned business, there are complications.
Check this out. One of the couriers named Mason arrives at a local apartment by 1p.m. getting ready for a 10-hour day. He has on a windbreaker, blue jeans, and hiker boots. Mason has a master’s degree in liberal arts. He’s a Texan and after going through a painful divorce, he gives away his possessions and moves to Brooklyn. He goes on to say, “Everything in New York is the best — the people, the food, everything. It’s the cream of the crop.”
Mason gets a call for a drop off in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. It’s about a mile away. When he arrived, a blond woman in cashmere and a young man with dreadlocks greeted him.
“Mason pulls a high-tech thermoplastic case from his bag and pops it open, letting Dreadlocks peruse the inventory. There are three kinds of weed for sale — each 3.5-gram bag is a flat $60 (no tip necessary) — and some marijuana-infused oatmeal cookies, which cost $10 a pop.”
Mason is shocked because this blond woman was a reporter who covers drug policies. The deal is done quickly, but the transaction leaves Mason shaky.
On a typical day, Mason may travel up to 15-20 miles doing deliveries. It’s important to know there are other Secret Fleeters doing deliveries. Secret Fleet gets their clientele through existing customers. It’s a massive network of friends.
Secret Fleet sells about 3 pounds of illegal ‘stuff’ every week. If they get caught, they could go to prison for up to 15 years. Abe and Brian boast of never carrying much weed around.
Abe and Brian say that couriers are hard to find. As a matter of fact, they desire to have upstanding citizens who are looking to make some side money. Each courier receives about $20 per delivery as well as bonuses. In a given day, a courier could make up to $200.
Abe and Brian are cautious about their couriers and supplies. It appears that they are in this business as long as it is profitable.
Note: The names have been changed and the company Secret Fleet isn’t the company’s real name for protection of the participants
Source: Huffington Post
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