Jersey ‘one of Britain’s most lucrative drugs markets
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 2:00PM GMT.
JERSEY has become one of the most lucrative illegal drugs markets in Britain for criminal gangs – with addicts paying as much as 500 per cent more than those in the UK.
Gangs, mainly based in London and Liverpool, are routinely attempting to exploit the huge price difference by recruiting so-called drugs mules – usually vulnerable young women – to smuggle heroin, cocaine and cannabis into the Island.
Today, in the third day of a special series examining Jersey’s drug scene, the JEP can reveal that the smuggling attempts are being fuelled by the massive mark-up in Jersey, where addicts will pay £1,000 for a gram of heroin which would fetch just £160 in the UK.