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Credit Card Payments Accepted for Drugs gets Dealer Arrested

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Thanks to modern-day technology, drug dealers are finding more progressive ways to serve their customers. Such was the case of Mark Slender, a British drug dealer who pleaded guilty Friday to cocaine possession charges in a Gloucester Crown Court after police discovered customers had been paying for his cocaine through credit card transactions.

    Police recovered £5,800 (around $7,500 USD) worth of cocaine – about 56 grams – during a warrant issued raid of Slender’s home in Bishops Cleeve, which led to his arrest on Aug. 19. Slender, 35, admitted to dealing the coke ranging in 83 to 93 percent purity, the highest purity cocaine seizure in Gloucestershire ever, Express UK reported. Authorities also discovered an unreported amount of cash, small zip lock plastic bags and digital scales covered in cannabis and cocaine residue. They found about £10,000 (around $13,000 USD) worth of gold relics in his home.

    Perhaps the most interesting discovery was a chip and pin credit card reader, which police found plugged into Slender’s car with nearly £12,000 (about $15,600 in USD) worth of transaction receipts from cocaine purchases. The receipts were dated between March 21 and August 15 and tagged with the phrase, “Cheers, Gup.”

    Slender, who also goes by the names Mark Wilson, Guppy and Gup, was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply charges. A court spokesperson said Slender’s case may have been the first documented trial in which a drug dealer used a credit card reader for transactions between customers.

    Slender’s sentence comes amid a police crackdown on drugs in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Crawly in the United Kingdom. According to BBC News, authorities raided homes in all three counties and arrested three men and three teenage boys this month on suspicion of distributing class A drugs.

    By Janice Williams - IBT/Sept. 20, 2016
    Photo: Twitter screen capture
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. dr ACE
    The price or weight recorded there must be wrong that would break down as far more expensive per gram, than normal street price for mainland U.K
  2. monkeyspanker
    I'm not sure if this is happening in the US yet. For everyone's protection, mainly you/us and I, I would never give any dealer my credit/debit card info. I would never let them swipe it on any device!

    There are things that can steal your identity, meaning they have control of not just your current finances...they can put your ass in some serious debt, buying a house or houses if you have good credit.

    Do yourself a favor, take the extra ten minutes and withdraw cash! And get one of those blocker card protectors from your bank, someone can swipe a wand within a few feet of you and steal your info from your wallet or purse.

    Thanks to the EU, we in the US must now use those asinine 'chip/smart cards', they make us less safe than the old magnetic stripe cards we used before. Everything an identity thief needs is there for the taking with his little wand thingie. Protect yourself, no one else is going to.

  3. Name goes here
    Drugs should have two payment methods: cash and bitcoin. Anything else leaves a trail. Chances are, you don't want anyone other then your dealer knowing where you picked up your narcoticss from.
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