|Dial-a-dope operations have been a fixture of gang activity for decades. But as technology evolves, drug dealers have been evolving with it. Dial-a-dope lines are exactly how they sound: Users can call a designated phone number and organize a time and a place for a drug deal to go down.|
That’s when the dealer sends ‘runners’ out to deliver the dope. The runner is usually a teenager or young adult, who is promised power, profit, and prosperity by one of the higher-ups in the gang.
|Snapchat is peer-to-peer picture or messaging application: Users can exchange pictures and messages at the push of a button. The difference is, the pictures and messages last for a maximum of ten seconds after opening them.|
After that, they’re wiped off of the phone and the data is encrypted. This means police who want to get their hands on any pictures or messages between drug dealer and user will have to go through miles of red tape with Snapchat. Chances are Snapchat’s servers are flushed of information a couple minutes after it's flushed from the user's side. The lack of evidence makes it much more difficult for a law enforcement to catch dealers.