“Buy-5 sachets, Get 1 FREE”
IS the demand fast shrinking or has competition become so stiff that drug dealers in the country now resort to marketing gimmicks?
This question arose after competing drug dealers are reportedly offering “Buy 5, get one Free” promos to prospective and regular customers as a marketing gimmick.
This development was confirmed by P/Superintendent Ferdinand de Asis, information officer of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO), during the KBP Forum last week.
Some drug dealers reportedly readily give away handguns to bulk buyers of shabu, or a one-night stand with a prostitute depending on the volume being bought.
De Asis said the marketing strategy being employed by competing drug dealers is alarming because it encourages widespread drug trafficking in barangays and lures even men in uniform to deal drugs themselves.
Recently, PO1 Sander Claveria of Bayambang Police Station was caught in a buy-bust operation. But in a surprise turn of events, the substance submitted to the crime laboratory for confirmation turned out negative – the substance submitted was simply tawas.
De Asis clarified, however, he is not referring to Pangasinan because drug dealers operate in many places.
Meanwhile, P/Supt. Jacky Candelario, chief of police of Mangaldan town, revealed that it is in Pangasinan where shabu is the cheapest, which explains why users from other provinces come to buy the substance.
He said the most common illegal drugs being peddled by illicit dealers in Pangasinan are shabu and marijuana. (Leonardo Micua)
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