It is commonly accepted that drug dealers make a small profit from smoking their product (usually 5-10%) and the rest is keep for their own use. Dealers would usually supplement any existing income with other activities such as selling other drugs (other drugs, alcohol and/or cigarettes). The dealers also have a large network of people who they introduce to the drug. For example, they are often the first person to introduce someone looking for drugs and they often act as the "between-player" (not necessarily the same person) who acts as the broker between the dealer and the new user ultimately paying the dealer a small commission. Dealers typically operate independently and rarely have access to strong financial networks that enable fast payment of money. The possession and trafficking of crystal methamphetamine dealers typically involves several people and often financial debts to individuals with links to organized crime.
Smoking crystal methamphetamine is expensive. For most people the quantity of crystal methamphetamine they need per day will not buy enough to cover break-even. This cost most frequently exceeds $100 per day for older and/or heavy users. One of the most common ways of spending crystal methamphetamine money is on alcohol. More than half the street users and almost all the participants who were homeless/street-involved reported drinking cheap liquor. Additional drinking in order to raise the drug's price was rare. Drug users drink in order to promote the experience, which also plays a role in housebuilding. The body tingles and the mind becomes ''light''. With higher dose levels of crystal methamphetamine, these physical and mental changes will often be enhanced.
Crystal methamphetamine users require strategic planning to purchase the drug, and they need to have the budget to do so. They also need to be able to access regular sources of the drug and to keep their sources secret. There is no evidence that crystal methamphetamine users ever consider or prepare to consume the drug surreptitiously. "The consumables goal would really only be useful if you were going to self-medicate". Therefore, most users will either buy wholesale quantities of the drug or grow their own in a basement. In terms of the latter, a location is usually chosen that will have access to a heater and the expectation of relatively low levels of police activity. d2c66b5586