Illegal Substances: “La drogue de synthèse se prépare aussi facilement qu’une rougaille”

Dried herbs, mango leaves, nail polish … These are some of the ingredients used to manufacture synthetic drugs, according to a former dealer. Foray into the world he was before.

Synthetic drug.

Synthetic drug.

Strawberry, Wasabi, C’est pas bien, Bat dan latet … Making these synthetic drugs is simple. Their preparation requires no more effort than preparing a home-made ‘rougaille’. At least this is what a 25 year old former drug dealer said to have witnessed in a clandestine laboratories.

L’Express went to meet the young man in a suburb of the capital on Wednesday night. It is in a “cave” that they were received, just behind his house; storage space converted into a smokehouse.

According to him, the main ingredient for preparation of the synthetic drug is none other than dried herbs that are easily found in supermarkets. Then we must, he said, use nail polish remover, red phosphorus present on the tip of matches or the “fey mang.”

The former drug dealer admits to have “prepared” synthetic drug, but he knows the process. “Zis bizin mélanz tou ansam avek bann herbes de Provence. Sofé, apré les sek. Roul li, fimé,” he explains. “Ou vwazin kapav pé fabrik ladrog sintétik dan so lakwisinn, zamé ou pou koné.”

The young man then reveals the use of another mystery ingredient. “Sé enn spray. Li koumadir baygon koumsa, mé pa koné ki éna ladan,” said the ex-dealer. To add that this spray should however be imported.

Furthermore, the interlocutor reveals that he met several “big heads” who have a university education. Indeed, he recounts to have met a manufacturer who is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and another one who once ran a restaurant.

What motivates them? “Greed,” says the young man. “A manufacturer can easily make between Rs 10,000 and Rs 13,000 per day with synthetic drugs.”

When asked, a well-integrated social worker makes us understand, for his part, that iodine is also used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs. A training is not needed for it. “The manufacturer that I know is 16 and he is still in school.”

At the heart of the transactions
It is 10:00 PM in a neighborhood called “hot” center of the country. “Bizin sanz kas, mo éna zis enn biyé Rs 1 000,” says a young consumer of synthetic drugs to his friend. They are both looking for small cuts as the dealer did not have time to change their money. They then provide a note of Rs 200 to get a dose of that synthetic drug for two cigarettes.

Ki pé dir, korek ?” said one of them to a man smoking in an alley. Immediately, someone pokes his head out of a house nearby to ensure that there is no problem around. Since the transaction will only last the time of a handshake. “Aila !” In a stop for “dir bonzour enn kamwad,” the two young consumers traded Rs 200 against what appears to be a tiny piece of aluminum foil. The content looks like herbs, but in fact none other than the “C’est pas bien