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Dope Dealt for Stolen Stuff on Internet

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Dope Dealt for Stolen Stuff on Internet

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‘Dope for Stuff’ (‘Dóp fyrir dót’) is the name of a closed Facebook group where members exchange drugs for all sorts of goods, many of which are likely stolen, Stundin reports. There are many groups on Facebook, both open and closed ones, which function as a marketplace for most drugs. ‘Dope for Stuff’ is unusual in the sense that there, people exchange the unlikeliest of goods for drugs. Adidas clothes seem to be among the most popular ones, as are winter jackets from 66° North (known to be sought after by thieves).

Judging by descriptions given by group members, one can conclude that many of the goods are stolen. The group has more than 2,000 members and numerous posts appear every day. One of them, quoted by Stundin, reads, “Have quite a bit of fillet of lamb, leg of lamb, shelled lobster l kg frozen. Can access almost anything from Krónan, Nettó [grocery stores] and some smaller items from Ikea.”

Many users stress the goods they offer are not loot. One who advertises a laptop claims to have a receipt.

Thursday, last week, IKEA CEO Þórarinn Ævarsson was quoted by RÚV as saying that groups of people seem to make a living by stealing from stores. “They steal smaller items, which are relatively expensive, such as diodes and lights, costing maybe ISK 6-8,000 (USD 46-61, EUR 42-56) . Those are tiny items that fit into a pocket. Then they are offered for sale on the internet, maybe in exchange for drugs.” He says thieves go to stores and shopping malls, such as IKEA, Smáralind and Kringlan, and steal to fill orders and make money that way. The problem, he claims, is that the consumer ends up paying for it all in the end.

Meanwhile, Vísir reports there is a very active, closed group on Facebook, which deals in alcohol, counting 2,866 members. People post notices, requesting certain types of alcohol and get responses back with phone numbers and information about prices.

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