Saturday, 28 July 2018
I didn’t watch the video myself, but an officer I respect described it like this.
The vlogger's thirty something year old face filled the centre of the screen. He was a good looking fellow, heavy on the tattoos and light on the piercings. Behind him you could see a good sized bedroom, untidy enough to keep it real but with enough expensive toys to be impressive at the same time.
He introduced himself by explaining his age, gender, weight and general health. He then went on to talk through the time of day, how warm it was, who knew he was making the vlog and when he had last eaten and how much water he had drunk. It sounded almost scientific.
And then he explained what the vlog was about.
“I am going to talk you through how I experience the effects of this dosage of MDMA.”
Before swallowing the pill with a sip of water he leaned forward and held it up to the camera. It looked professionally made.
I really don’t know how long it lasted, but I am told there followed a description of his physical and psychological experiences. They included numbness in his legs, a warming in the belly, a bunch of “nice” emotions and sweating.
At the end of the video, the vlogger gave advice on which website was selling the MDMA at the best price and quality. He then asked people who bought the MDMA to make sure they rated the drug and left feedback on the service the dealer provided. Apparently it is 100% positive.
The officer had been describing to me an “advice video blog” to “help” people make informed decisions about taking drugs.
As you would expect, it wasn’t a video that came top of the search list in a regular search engine (if we still call them search engines). It was on the dark web.
The whole concept of being able to buy illegal goodies in the same way that I look for new toys for my boat (that is online and with loads of guess work) I find terrifying.
I was also told that if anyone just a few kilos lighter than this vlogger took the dose of MDMA it could kill them. In some cases (an increasing number recently) it already has.
Now, I don’t know how to stop this kind of thing. Sure, I and pretty much any copper can put together an operation to sort out the criminal activity. But if I simply say we should “crack down on it” as if that would end illicit drug use I show no more understanding of the problem than King Canute had of tides.
But I do know I want to get the subject talked about more widely. Perhaps someone will start to take an interest in trying to figure out what we should do.
Thanks you for reading.
PS. Please be kind, honest and drive carefully.